By Ari Driessen
Tablet fever appears to have set in. Just a couple short weeks after Samsung announced that its own iPad competitor was bound for all four of the nation’s major wireless carriers, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion appears poised to debut its own tablet at the BlackBerry developer’s conference next week in San Francisco.
Little is known yet about RIM’s upcoming tablet, but the Waterloo-based company has already snapped up trademarks for ‘BlackPad’ and ‘SurfBook,’ suggesting that the tablet may bear one of these names.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the device is likely to tout a 7-inch touch-sensitive display and potentially two cameras. A front-facing camera would equip the device for video chat. The tablet is expected to run a modified version of BlackBerry OS 6, the latest bake of the company’s mobile OS and the same software that debuted with AT&T’s BlackBerry Torch.
WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity will be standard, but the device will not have built-in connectivity to cellular networks. Instead, it will be able to use the 3G internet connection of a user’s BlackBerry smartphone, possibly by way of Bluetooth tethering.