RIM Blackpad Tablet To Come Next Week?

Canadian Manufacturer RIM is holding a developers-only event next week and may well launch a tablet device on that day according to a number of reports online.

According to Phred Dvorak And Ting-I Tsai from WSJ, the company behind the Blackberry brand will be unveiling a tablet next week having already secured the domain name Blackpad.com.

We know already that RIM has purchased QNX Software systems and that it is very likely that the device will be based on the OS developed by QNX rather than its own Blackberry 6 OS, a move that is similar to HP and WebOS.

The rest of the configuration is still unknown; some reports mention a 7-inch screen (or 9.7-inch), a camera, Bluetooth, 3G, 802.11bgn and we're sure, an ARM-based processor courtesy of Marvell Technology.

Further rumours say that the tablet will sell for $499, lower than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and RIM plans to sell around 10 million of them by December 2011.

The tablet will apparently be manufactured by Quanta, one of the largest ODM/OEMs in Taiwan, and may (we hope not) be similar to the Foleo, a smartphone companion launched by Palm which failed miserably.