Rumour: RIM gets tablet fever with new BlackBerry device
Tablet could launch before the end of the year
RIM is the smartphone market leader in the US, and though the newly announced iPhone 4 might represent a more immediate threat to its current dominance, the Wall Street Journal reports the firm is working on a tablet to counter the impact of iPad.
What's more, it could launch before the end of the year.
Aiming for Apple
The paper claims people 'familiar with the company's plans' are currently experimenting with a BlackBerry based tablet, which would serve as a 'large-screen' companion to the firm's smartphone line-up.
The unnamed tablet is apparently only in an early stage of development - despite the 2010 launch predictions - and the paper's sources state it will connect to mobile networks via BlackBerry phone handsets.
Just what kind of impact this would have on the app and, specifically, gaming community is unclear, although RIM has been keen to shake its 'enterprise only' reputation of late.
As such, it's claimed a new touchscreen smartphone with a slide-out keyboard is also in the works.
The handset is reported to run a new version of BlackBerry OS that has apparently been modelled on the feature-set of iOS allowing users to swipe through screens and expand images with their fingers.
The Wall Street Journal