Now that the Internet tablet craze has pretty much engulfed all the major handheld and smartphone manufacturers
out there, it should really come as no surprise that pretty much everyone's looking at RIM (the company behind the famous BlackBerry phones) to come up with a such a product of its own. And although rumors abound, there hasn't been any official announcement thus far (either confirming or denying the speculations).
Nevertheless, it would seem that RIM is, in fact, quite actively working on such a device, which, according to an inside source
, will be called the BlackPad
and feature a 9.7-inch display. Furthermore, it will pack Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules (yeah, like that's a big surprise), and should make its way onto the market around November.
While the information
is a bit too generic to be completely credible, the truth of the matter is that RIM will probably launch such a device sooner of later, if not for its economic value, then at least in order to defy Apple after its whole finger-pointing game.
However, we can't help but notice the rather unfortunate choice of name for the RIM tablet. As far as we're concerned, just about any Internet tablet out there whose name contains the word “pad” is more or less doomed to fail, simply because it's directly positioning itself as a challenger to the device from Apple, and that's not always a very good idea.
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