Research in Motion, best known as the company behind of the very popular BlackBerry line, is reportedly working on a tablet computer.
This will supposedly serve as a companion for the user’s smartphone, not a replacement, and will not have built-in cellular-wireless capabilities. Instead, it will get Internet access through Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection to a BlackBerry.
It will reportedly have an 8.9-inch display, and be focused on tasks best done on a large screen, like displaying video, viewing web sites, and reading e-books. It will not be usable as a phone.
If the unconfirmed reports are correct, this tablet will be released in December. There is no word on what it will sell for, though.
Part of a Trend
In the wake of the successful release of the Apple iPad, tablet computers are a hot item. RIM is apparently just one of a number of companies prepping slate-shaped models running smartphone operating systems.
For example, Dell is working on an Android OS-based tablet with a 7-inch display, and HP is looking into making one with the Palm webOS.
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