BlackBerry maker to take on Apple’s iPad

BlackBerry manufacturer RIM will unveil a tablet device at the company’s developer conference next week, according to reports.

The device, dubbed the BlackPad, is expected to be similar to the iPad with a touchscreen display, two cameras and WiFi connectivity.

BlackBerry users will be able to connect to the internet via 3G with their mobile phone connection, unlike the iPad, which requires a separate data subscription.

The device is also expected to use a new operating system built by RIM-owned QNX Software, instead of the recently launched BlackBerry OS6 that powers most of its latest handsets, such as the Blackberry Bold 9800.

Reports claim the device is scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter and will be officially unveiled next week at the BlackBerry Developer Conference.

Speculation over RIM’s intention to launch a tablet device kicked-off when it emerged that the company had bought the internet domain name blackpad.com in July.

The tablet market is set to heat-up in the run-up to Christmas with manufacturers such as Samsung poised to launch devices using the Android operating system.

Apple debuted its iPad earlier this year. It had to delay its international launch due to high levels of demand in the US and eventually claimed that it sold 3m of the devices inside 80 days.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s