BlackBerry tablet rumors get louder and clearer

The Wall Street Journal has assembled every rumor about the impending BlackBerry tablet, possibly called the BlackPad, put them in one place, and tied them together with an announcement date of next week.
The big event is said to be at a developer’s conference next week, presumably the BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco September 27-30. Makes sense. As does their recent purchase of QNX Realtime Operating System. At the time, the purchase was said to help with in-auto integration, but QNX could provide the OS for the BlackPad.

Hard to put this story as just a rumor since the pieces fit together so well, but as RIM has declined to comment, we’ll just have to hold our breaths until next week. Mark your calendars.

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]


  1. One of my vendors was trying to give me a deal where I could get (no strings attached) a free Blackberry Enterprise Server with unlimited users for use with my Exchange environment… no doubt as a big theoretical Blackberry marketing blitz. I told him I had zero Blackberry users in my business and I preferred to keep it that way. It’s nice to see them making an effort, but I really see Blackberry going the way of Palm sooner rather than later.

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