According to the Wall Street Journal report, the Canadian BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is expected to unveil its new tablet PC, the so-called “Blackpad,” at a developer’s conference in San Francisco next week. The Journal also reported that the tablet will runs with a brand new operating system built by QNX Software Systems instead of BlackBerry 6 OS.
“People who’ve worked with QNX’s operating system say it’s a worthy competitor to Apple’s and Google’s platforms, and could go a long way toward addressing complaints that RIM’s devices are slow, unstable and hard to program for,” the Journal writes.
This new innovation from the creator of BlackBerry for instance comes shortly after Samsung announced its upcoming new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will be available on all 4 major US wireless carriers, although price and release date have not yet been announced.
Experts believe that the RIM’s Blackpad is more compact than the iPad and more in line with the dimensions of the Google Android powered Galaxy Tab.
Rumors surfaced that the tablet PC will come with a seven-inch touchscreen, just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell tablet PC, as well as dual cameras. It will be broadband and Bluetooth compatible, but will require a tethered BlackBerry to connect to cellular networks, WSJ said. Carrier possibilities or restrictions have not been announced. Speculation suggests it will also offer Wi-Fi support for connecting to the Internet, but will only be able to use 3G networks when tethered to a handset.
Additionally, the Journal said that the tablet is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year.