RIM Working on a Tablet For November Release

Aug 11, 2010 by John Messina weblog

According to Apple Daily Quanta has won a bid to manufacture a 9.7 inch tablet for RIM. The tablet, called BlackPad, will have Bluetooth, WiFi, and front-and rear-facing cameras and will also be compatible with 3G using a BlackBerry phone.

In a document discovered August 9 in a Chinese tech news story, ’s BlackPad will be running , and that it will come out sometime in November.

There have also been rumors circulating for months that the Tablet would not be running BlackBerry OS 6. The Chinese document discovered August 9 seems to confirm what OS will be running on RIM’s BlackPad.

Why would RIM use Android instead of running BlackBerry OS 6? This is a major change from tradition but could be because RIM may not have an OS in place in time to compete with other manufactures that will have their own tablets out in time for this holiday season.

According to Apple Daily, Quanta who won the bid to manufacture the tablet plans to ramp up production for 2 million units starting in September for a November release and another 8 million planned for 2011. The price is targeted to be $499.

None of this has been confirmed by RIM but news sources all seem to be in agreement about the ’s capabilities, OS, and release date.

Explore further: Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

More information: tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/art… 122/IssueID/20100809 (in Chinese)

Related Stories

RIM making new touchscreen smartphone, tablet device

Jun 15, 2010

Research in Motion (RIM) is developing a touchscreen smartphone with a slide-out keyboard and a tablet device to serve as a larger-screen companion to its popular BlackBerry, The Wall Street Journal reported ...

Tablet PC's Getting Ready for Android 3.0

Aug 03, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, is advancing in its development and appears to be on target for an October release. Android 3.0 is expected to have a more intuitive interface and support upcoming ...

RIM shares up on reports of new BlackBerry

Jul 29, 2010

Shares in Canada's Research in Motion surged Wednesday on reports the BlackBerry maker plans to release a new smartphone next week to rival Apple's iPhone.

Blackberry buddies up to game developers

Nov 09, 2009

Research In Motion (RIM) on Monday announced it is making Blackberry devices friendlier to game applications, as the business-oriented smartphones try to show a more playful side.

RIM rules out battery flaw with Blackberry Bold

Feb 28, 2009

Canada's Research In Motion said Friday it has ruled out faulty batteries as the likely cause of keyboards heating up during recharging of its BlackBerry Bold smart phones sold in Japan.

Recommended for you

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

17 hours ago

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.

FIXD tells car drivers via smartphone what is wrong

Aug 29, 2014

A key source of anxiety while driving solo, when even a bothersome back-seat driver's comments would have made you listen: the "check engine" light is on but you do not feel, smell or see anything wrong. ...

User comments : 0