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BlackBerry Cobalt/BlackPad tablet coming in 2011?

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010

BlackBerry tablet to sport 3G, Wi-Fi, out 2011?

Unofficial reports seemingly confirm Research In Motion is indeed working on a tablet. Thus far codenamed BlackPad or Cobalt, the device is expected to get an 8.9-inch screen, with RIM reportedly ordering such displays from Hon Hai. This will make it smaller and thinner than Apple's iPad. The BlackBerry tablet is also expected to be fully compatible with BlackBerry OS.

The tablet is still thought to be officially unveiled sometime in 2011. It would sport both a 3G connection and Wi-Fi and may sync with a BlackBerry smartphone.

RIM co-chief Mike Lazaridis recently cast doubt on tablets and may have contradicted the rumor, although he noted that any tablet had to be more than just a substitute for a notebook. The company has lately patterned some of its strategy after Apple's, following the iPhone with the BlackBerry Storm and changing BlackBerry OS 6.0 to include a Cover Flow-like media player and other touch-friendly elements. [via BBLeaks]






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  1. njfuzzy

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    Keyboard

    Unless Blackberry works out a good way to have a real keyboard on a tablet-like form factor, they won't do it.

  1. loudpedal

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    Suuuuuure...

    Smaller and thinner. Translated lower performance and/or shorter battery life. Keep dreamin'...

  1. Gazoobee

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    good news

    The one thing Apple doesn't do right now is different form factors for their tablet and the iPad doesn't have much in the way of serious production software. It can only be a good thing if Blackberry comes out with a lighter, smaller more work-oriented tablet.

  1. snork

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    Bad PS job!

    Wow, those pics are seriously one of THE WORST photoshop jobs I've ever scene. Way to copy and paste a BB screenshot into the iPad just paint fill the back black with low res BB & VZW logos. LOL.

  1. afriedma

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    The RIM Research & Development Roadmap...

    ... is becoming increasingly obvious. Just look at what Apple is introducing, then add about 18 months.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    careful RIM

    Apple was awarded a patent on 'popular electronic products'....so this has to be a patent violation.

    @loudpedal, smaller, in terms of the size of the screen, does not harm battery life, the opposite, it improves battery life...smaller screen means less screen to power.

    But, if its also thinner, its likely some of the thinness comes from a smaller battery, which would reduce battery life.

    Still Apple did not strike the perfect balance - 10 hours of battery life is great, but for book reading, you run out of 'finger strength life' long before even a few hours...1.5 lbs is absolutely light for a notebook, but very heavy when its weighted down on your poor fingers, for a few hours of book reading.

    So the '10 hours' is effectively useless, you have to give up trying to read on the thing after 45 minutes.

    I'd say, give me a much lighter tablet, 8.9inch screen is fine as long as the resolution is good....and I'll take 5 hours of battery life, if the weight is cut in half.

    RIM could be good competition to spur Apple's continued development of this platform.

  1. sonola777

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    Lol!

    Seriously? Rim a tablet?

  1. gitcypher

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    I wouldn't

    even be surprisd if someone at electronista put this together as an 'unconfirmed source' just to get hits.

  1. slapppy

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    Looks original

    That looks pretty cutting edge. No resemblance whatsoever with the iPad. RIM has hit a home run with this model and design. You can see Apple scrambling with their next revision to copy this.

  1. iphonerulez

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    For those that can't manage to hold an

    iPad for any length of time, I would advise them to buy some resistive hand grips or a squeeze ball and spend some time exercising to improve their grip. Sitting in a couch all day reading is really not all that good for one's health.

    The iPad is made up of a bunch of compromises that won't perfectly suit everyone. I'm sure if a company makes a tablet with a smaller screen size, there will be people that will say they'd like a larger screen. I'm willing to bet that Apple continually tries to build devices within parameters that are suitable for 95% of users and can still meet costs. Apple could build a lighter device and then there'd be people complaining that it feels cheaply built. If you look hard enough you can always find something to nitpick. The JooJoo is heavier than the iPad, so I guess right away it will be useless for reading because weaklings won't be able to hold it for any length of time. The iPad cannot be fairly compared to a dedicated eReader because they're not the same. Only one function of the iPad overlaps a Kindle. Yet I feel the Kindle is designed pretty well for what it does yet it's still not perfect.

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