RIM could announce its rumored BlackBerry tablet as early as next week at a BlackBerry dev conference in San Francisco. The tablet is said to run a new QNX operating system, sport a seven-inch touchscreen as well as a Marvell chipset, and have one or two built-in cameras, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The BlackBerry tablet, which the report indicates is an internal name for the device, will have WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and will tether to a BlackBerry for a cellular connection. The tablet by itself will have no cellular connectivity. This could indicate the device will be available without a carrier contract.
In August, rumors surfaced that RIM was eschewing the new BlackBerry 6.0 OS for a new operating system built by QNX Software Systems, a company RIM acquired in April. QNX is known for automotive and industrial software and counts Cisco Systems as one of its customers. The WSJ report claims that RIM will eventually incorporate this new OS into the BlackBerry smartphones.
The WSJ report also claims that Quanta Computer, a Taiwan-based component manufacturer, will supply the parts. This information was first leaked in early August by the Chinese-language Apple Daily, which wrote the BlackPad, or perhaps SurfBook, will ship in September for a November launch and cost $500.
Source: Wall Street Journal