Rumor mill grinds out a BlackBerry tablet

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A BlackBerry leak out of website BlackBerry Leaks indicates RIM is working on a tablet device to add to their gadget lineup.

Hardly earth-shattering news since everyone and their brother is working on a tablet now, but not really expected either since RIM pretty much sticks to their bread and butter. Their most recent attempt to deviate from their standard hard keyboard design (seen here in mock-up tablet form) didn’t exactly set the world on fire. A tablet would go even further than that. Per BlackBerry Leaks:

We’ve received word from a connect that RIM is in fact working on a tablet. We do not have many details at the time, but we have been told that it will be smaller and thinner than the iPad. The BlackBerry tablet also goes by the codename: ‘BlackPad’ or possibly could be what Bla1ze from CrackBerry tells us, ‘Cobalt’. The tablet will have full BlackBerry OS compatibility and functionality (note, we didn’t say what kind of OS, lol).

Smaller isn’t a big deal (pretty much every would-be iPad competitor is skewing smaller), but it would be impressive if they can pull off a thinner design. It will be interesting to see if this “BlackPad” amounts to anything. If released, I vote for “PadBerry” or “BerryPatch” as the product name. Oh wait: “BlackBoard”!

Via CrunchGear

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]

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