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.
people familiar with the company have already confirmed the plans,
according to Bloomberg
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."
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
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.
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 blackpad.com was acquired by RIM earlier this month.
recently applied for and was awarded a trademark for the name
PalmPad. The company confirmed that a tablet is currently being
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.