Rumor: RIM testing a tablet to rival the iPad

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RIM Blackberry Tablet Research In Motion (RIM) has been on top of the smartphone world since they perfected mobile e-mail on their Blackberry devices. However, with the space becoming more and more populated with Android and Apple devices, it is about time that Blackberry had an upgrade.

The first upgrade is a touchscreen smartphone with a slideout keyboard. While this might not be revolutionary considering a touchscreen is pretty standard nowadays, Blackberry has another trick up its sleeve; a Blackberry Tablet.

The Wall Street Journal had this to say about the tablet device:

RIM is also experimenting with a tablet device to serve as a larger-screen companion to its BlackBerry phone, say people familiar with RIM’s plans. That device, which is in an early stage of development, will connect to cellular networks via a BlackBerry phone, these people say. It could come out as soon as the end of the year, these people say.

What I found interesting was that this tablet will be reliant on tethering to power its mobile network. This means that so long as you have a Blackberry, it does not matter which network you are on. Then again, the fact that a Blackberry device is required to get a data connection is a bit of a downer.

This will be Blackberry’s chance to own the business marketplace. What businessman wouldn’t want their Blackberry tablet on their desk or in their hands at all times?

Read [The Wall Street Journal]

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  • introspective

    How god the iPod is for watching the movies? Is there an option for divx?