RIM “BlackPad” may start at $499, ship in September

Digitimes passes along word that Chinese-language Apply Daily reports that Quanta will be building the new BlackBerry tablet, a.k.a. BlackPad, to start shipping in September with a price tag of $499.

The tablet (BlackPad) will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as 3G through connection to a Blackberry smartphone. The device will be priced at US$499 and Quanta will start shipping orders in September with volumes to reach two million units in 2010 and eight million units in 2011, the paper added.

First, the name “BlackPad” is still not confirmed, and I can only hope RIM is just using it as a codename (I still think “BerryPad” has a better ring to it.) Second, the anticipated volumes, I’m sure, will seem either ambitious or low, depending on your perspective. They strike me as a tad conservative, but I think it’s all a matter of how RIM implements the project. Based on their current approach with BlackBerry 6.0 and the Torch, keeping their core audience happy by offering new features they want without sacrificing familiarity, I think RIM could do pretty well by getting their existing customers to augment their BlackBerry experience with partner tablet devices.

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] notebooks.com


    • That’s never been a priority for RIM, but who knows? The core BlackBerry audience is business and enterprise users who are the types to jot down notes in and in-between meetings. They may try to lure them in with inking features. We can only speculate at this point.

  1. Meh.

    If this is to be released in September the specs should be available. It’s hard to react to this small amount of reaction. If this is just a companion to a blackberry, I’m not interested.

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