Will the BlackBerry Tablet (“BlackPad”, “SurfBook”, etc) be Announced Next Week at DevCon?

RIM, the company we all know as responsible for BlackBerry devices, has been rumored for months to be working on a tablet device to compete with the likes of Apple’s iPad, and a plethora of Android tablets scheduled for launch in the near-future.

These rumors have claimed everything from naming (BlackPad, SurfBook, etc), screen size, and even connectivity options. According to a recent post from the Wall Street Journal, many of these rumors are accurate, and we should see a formal announcement from RIM next week at DevCon in San Francisco.

According to information post by the WSJ, the new tablet will feature a 7″ screen size, and will be launched in Q4 of this year. Along with one or two built in cameras (video conferencing?), the tablet device will have bluetooth and broadband connectivity, though it will rely on the user’s BlackBerry to connect through cellular networks. Because the device won’t feature built-in mobile connectivity, it will likely only be available for outright purchase, though it’s unclear exactly how RIM will go about selling the unit, according to WSJ sources.

Probably the most talked-about feature of RIM’s alleged upcoming tablet, is a completely new (not just revamped) OS, entirely unique from current BlackBerry OS’. The operating system, is reportedly based on work by QNX, which RIM acquired earlier this year. QNX is responsible for the development of OS’ in a large variety of items, ranging from cars to nuclear reactors. With QNX’ success in previous endeavours, this could truly allow RIM to compete with other manufacturers, and it will be excited to hear more if it is, in fact, announced next week at DevCon.

Now for the really fun part: what would your dream BlackBerry tablet feature? Personally, I’d love to see a front-facing camera included for use with the likes of U-Stream, Webex’, and other similar products. The other thing I’d really like to see, is a simple, high-incentive developer platform – after all, more applications means more versatility. What’s important to you? Let us know in the comments!

[ via Wall Street Journal Online ]

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