RIM Reported to Launch BlackPad in November

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Research in Motion is planning to launch its iPad competitor by November, in time for the tablet to be included on the list of holiday shoppers. It's reported that RIM's BlackPad will sell for $499, have Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth technology and have rear- and front-facing cameras. The device will not have 3G connectivity, according to Financial Post.


Quanta Computer in Taiwan will reportedly manufacture the BlackPad. It's expected the tablet would run on BlackBerry OS 6, but there is a wild rumor running about that the BlackPad will be powered by Android, says WirelessGround.com. It seems unlikely since the tablet will be a companion device to BlackBerry smartphones, which won't run Android.


Either way, the BlackPad will face additional competition from Cisco's Cius, which will target enterprise users and HP's PalmPad, which has its sights set on the consumer market.

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