According to Ashok Kumar, analyst and managing director at Rodman & Renshaw, the rumored 7″ BlackBerry Tablet will come out at the end of this year even though it was originally supposed to come out at the beginning of next.
Research In Motion (RIMM, Market Perform) is trying to pull forward the launch of the 7-inch touchscreen tablet from early next year to year end…with a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing…
Kumar also states that the BlackBerry Tablet will be supplied by Marvell, current supplier of the BlackBerry 9700 processor. A possible candidate is the 1 GHz Armada 610 which boasts full HD 1080p playback, 16-megapixel image captures, advanced 3D graphics, and is geared towards tablets and e-readers.
Let the Berry times Begin!
Don’t get me wrong… A BlackBerry Tablet is intriguing but RIM really needs to be working on a TouchScreen BlackBerry that doesn’t suck when compared to the the iPhone, Android devices, Palm, and, from what we hear, Windows Phone when released.
I know that a lot of BlackBerry users will say that comparing the BlackBerry to the iPhone isn’t a comparison that should be made. I wholeheartedly agree when talking about business devices, but, touchscreens and tablets appeal most to consumers and whether or not the BlackBerry should or should not be compared to the iPhone is irrelevant if that is exactly what consumers are doing.
RIM building a awesome tablet is great, but, it won’t matter much if consumers think that touchscreen BlackBerrys suck.
Look out iPad. RIM is coming.
I doubt seriously that Apple is at all concerned about the BlackBerry, let alone, the BlackBerry Tablet.
I believe that this is the second video of BlackBerry 6 and it clearly looks geared towards devices with Touchscreens. Have you seen any videos of how this work on devices with QWERTY keyboards?
(Note To RIM, the only reason I stick with you is because it is easier to type on a QWERTY because of my nails. I bet a lot of women feel like me…)