With Android gaining serious ground in the smartphone market and Apple's iPad off to a lightning-quick start, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is looking remain relevant.
According to The Wall Street Journal, RIM is testing a new touchscreen BlackBerry with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a companion tablet device that could serve as a rival to the iPad. RIM leads the race for smartphone market share in the United States with 38 percent, but that number is down from 54 percent last year.
RIM's upcoming BlackBerry will run the next version of the BlackBerry OS, support multitouch, feature a universal search bar, have 4GB of internal storage and come equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, says PCWorld.com. The companion BlackBerry tablet was first mentioned last month. The device is rumored to debut in December.