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A November release date is expected for the rival tablet.

The company Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry smartphone, could be gearing up to take a bite out of the Apple iPad market come this November.  It is speculated that RIM is developing a touchscreen tablet called the "Blackpad" to compete with the popular tablet.  Sources indicate that the RIM pad will be similar to the iPad in many ways.  

Two people familiar with the company have already confirmed the plans, according to
 Bloomberg and Apple Insider.

"With the success of the iPad, RIM faces an uphill battle,” said William Power, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co., “RIM really has yet to demonstrate that it can roll out touchscreen technology to match the leaders in the space, most noticeably Apple."

The Blackpad would reportedly be identical in dimensions to the iPad, featuring a 9.7 inch screen and would be within the same price range -- starting at $499. 

The tablet would include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and would allow users to to be tethered through their Blackberry phone.  This is something that Apple does not currently allow with the iPhone and the iPad. The RIM tablet will also have front and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing.

"They can’t wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they’ll fall too far behind," said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York. 

Reports indicate that the domain name was acquired by RIM earlier this month.

HP recently applied for and was awarded a trademark for the name PalmPad.  The company confirmed that a tablet is currently being developed.

In late July, India announced that they were looking for a manufacturer to produce a $35 tablet that the country is working on, to compete with the iPad.

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Enterprise market
By atb112 on 8/1/2010 9:24:47 PM , Rating: 3
RIM's core market is Enterprise and there's a lot of IT departments that already support BB products. If RIM can release a tablet that ties in nicely with that system, and offers companies some decent enterpise software, they could own the enterpise tablet market.


RE: Enterprise market
By MScrip on 8/1/2010 11:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. A Blackberry tablet will probably be great for the corporate world... but I'm afraid that RIM might be done in the consumer market.

I look at the dozens of friends I have with Blackberries currently... and none of them are getting another Blackberry.

The reason? Too many Android phones with nice large screens and decent apps grabbing their attention now.

I'm one of them. I got a BB Curve 8330 because my girlfriend has a Blackberry for work. Blackberry Messenger is awesome... and I have lots of other friends with BBs too.

But I'm done with it. BB keyboards are awesome... but I'm over it. I'll learn to type on a Droid X touchscreen... and also enjoy free Google Nav, real apps, a giant screen, etc.

Oops... sorry for getting off-topic. But the same is true for a Blackberry tablet. I don't see it taking off with anyone but the enterprise market... not with Android tablets tempting consumers soon.

RE: Enterprise market
By spread on 8/2/2010 12:04:54 AM , Rating: 3
Blackberry is still going strong. People like a phone with an actual keypad. You can't simulate the press of a button on a flush screen.

RE: Enterprise market
By MScrip on 8/2/2010 4:56:58 AM , Rating: 2
No doubt. And some consumers will still buy Blackberries for the keyboard. They're one step up from a messaging phone... adding a data plan for internet access. And Blackberries will always be a staple for the enterprise for many years to come.

For others... big screen app phones are becoming the norm... and they're becoming more popular every day.

I loved my Blackberry. But I'm looking for more in a phone now... and I'm not the only one.

RE: Enterprise market
By retrospooty on 8/2/2010 10:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree. BB has the WORST (by HUG amounts) operating system of any modern smartphone maker... Unless they will be licensing someone else's OS this thing will be a flop. Blackberries OS is 5 years behind the rest of the world. They are only dominant because 5 years ago they had a great email solution. Now they are fading.

By yara on 8/2/2010 3:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
this name sounds a little wried, but still want to see the magic device, apple is really riding high on the market, and a competition like this is really good one, now Im totally sucked in the iPad, with it and iPad video converter from aneesoft, Im reading and watching videos, movies everytime, everywhere when wanna!

I find it funny....
By Souka on 8/2/2010 11:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
I had to laugh... "Blackpad"

The only thing came to my mind was a shorter name for it..."BP"

Not a good time to launch a product that could be called "BP"


Can I?
By Souka on 8/2/2010 4:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
Can I get a white one?


competition is good
By yara on 8/1/10, Rating: -1
By JackBurton on 8/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Typical
By bupkus on 8/2/2010 1:51:22 AM , Rating: 3
I own nothing make by Apple-- not any kind of xPad nor anything "inspired" by Apple.

Not everyone follows.

RE: Typical
By robinthakur on 8/2/2010 11:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
I will honestly never understand such blind hatred towards companies. So you don't own a phone inspired heavily by the presence of the iPhone (i.e. basically any touch screen phone made since 2007, especially Android based ones) or an MP3 player inspired by the iPod range made since 2002? You clearly don't own a tablet either as most of those that aren't iPad's (a relatively small number) are very clearly 'inspired' by the iPad because that's the market leader and also the first to market.

You can go on all day about how Android, Web OS were being developed before the iPhone launched and HTC was working on its Touch Flow phones before the iPhones came to market, but come on, does anybody honestly believe that touch-phone OS's would be at the point they are at now with all of them having their own 'Appstores' if Apple had not developed the iPhone and that particular concept for the mass market (i.e. not just niche Linux distributions)? How quickly people forget...Apple's success comes from packaging the technology for the average user, not just for massively IT-literate users.

Even if you don't follow Apple/MS/Android, presumably you own some kind of mobile device, even if it was marketed towards you in a different way, its a bit dumb to suggest that you aren't being led to that exact purchasing decision in some way you perhaps aren't aware of. Those that are vociferously anti-Apple still have to buy phones at the end of the day...

RE: Typical
By Wulf145 on 8/2/2010 4:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
I know that you will find it hard to believe but there were Mp3 Players before the iPod, and there are still non-Apple products out there which people own. I expect from my phone only that I can make calls with it and that I can store my numbers in it, nothing more nothig less, so why pay for an iPhone?

This is not "blind hatred" just someone who sees no advantage in owning an Apple product.

RE: Typical
By Chaser on 8/3/2010 2:49:38 PM , Rating: 2
I will honestly never understand such blind hatred towards companies.
Because there is blind love?

RE: Typical
By ZachDontScare on 8/2/2010 2:09:23 PM , Rating: 1
I owned a windows CE tablet 10 years ago. What really happens is Apple copies, and the tech media portrays it as 'leading', and clueles fanboys who dont know the technology better take that at face value.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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