BlackBerry maker Research In motion Ltd. is all set to unveil its new tablet computer by next week. The tablet named BlackPad scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year will be powered by a QNX operating system replacing its recently revamped BlackBerry 6 OS.
The Blackberry tablet ‘BlackPad’ will feature a 7-inch touch screen and one or two built-in cameras. It would feature bluetooth and broadband connection facilities, but will only be able to connect to cellular networks through a BlackBerry smartphone. The RIM tablet manufactured by Quanta Computer, Taiwan, will run on chips from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Marvell Technology Group Inc.
The introduction of a tablet and new operating system come at a critical time for Research In Motion as it faces tough competition from Apple iPhone and Android based smartphones. BlackBerry’s share of worldwide smartphone sales fell to 18% in the second quarter of this year compared to previous year as the share of Android and Apple devices sky rocketed.
RIM’s tablet would face stiff competition in an increasingly crowded market with Apple’s iPad. Electronics giant Samsung Electronics, Acer, Cisco Systems, and Dell Inc. are also eyeing to launch similar devices based on Android OS in the near future. So what will happen to the BlackPad is something we can’t really predict.
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