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More Blackberry Tablet Details Emerge

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More details have emerged regarding RIM's supposed Blackberry tablet.

More news surrounding the supposed Blackberry tablet have surfaced, indicating that the device may include dual cameras (one front, one back) for video conferencing, a 1 GHz processor, and built-in support for Adobe Flash. The tablet is also expected to hit the market by the end of the year, pushed up from its original Q1 2011 projected release thanks to the iPad and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 tablets.

The first bit of Blackberry news came Friday from Ashok Kumar, an analyst and managing director at Rodman & Renshaw. Kumar claimed that the 7-inch touch-screen tablet (and not 8.9-inches as previously believed) will feature a processor from Marvell. Although no specific model or speed was given, one proposed candidate was the Marvell 1 GHz 610 processor that boasts advanced 3D graphics, full HD 1080p playback, and 16-megapixel image captures.

News of Adobe Flash support arrived on Monday. A source "close to RIM" confirmed Kumar's statements and added the additional Flash info. As we've previously reported, Flash Player 10.1 was just released to mobile platform partners and included support for Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen also confirmed that Flash would hit Blackberry in the second half of 2010.

Although RIM has yet to confirm or deny a Blackberry tablet, the Wall Street Journal said last month that the device would connect to cellular networks via a Blackberry phone. However Friday Kumar said that the device would come packed with embedded Wi-Fi and 3G support, eliminating any previous "companion" conceptions.

If RIM definitely plans to release a 7-inch tablet by the end of the year, then expect something more official to appear before Microsoft goes public with it own Windows 7-based tablets.

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    tramit , July 13, 2010 9:44 PM
    I love my blackberry curve, but whats with the crazy tablet fever all these companies have....
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    tntom , July 13, 2010 9:47 PM
    Will be interesting. RIM builds pretty solid no frills business oriented devices. This might win them back much needed mind trust. Hopefully they have jazzed up there OS.
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    sliem , July 13, 2010 9:47 PM
    They want to make money like Apple, of course.
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    IM0001 , July 13, 2010 10:11 PM
    Ya sliem... Thats usually why companies are in business... To make Money...
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    stm1185 , July 13, 2010 10:14 PM
    Being a business device i hope it has an actual keyboard and stylus. Dont need a tablet version of the Storm.
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    outacontrolpimp , July 13, 2010 10:46 PM
    16mp camera on a tablet? Wtf?
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    extremepcs , July 13, 2010 11:05 PM
    Where's the trackball??? LOL Actually I love my BB trackball.
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    maestintaolius , July 13, 2010 11:06 PM
    tntomWill be interesting. RIM builds pretty solid no frills business oriented devices. This might win them back much needed mind trust. Hopefully they have jazzed up there OS.

    The solid, no frills OS is exactly why I love my Tour. I use it for work, not play. About the closest I get to 'playing' with the device is checking the weather forecast or the occasional youtube. I really don't see a need to muck up the device with a lot of games or fart apps when I just want something that opens up docs, email, pdfs, excel, ppts and so on. I have a real hard time seeing these slate PCs as little more than neat toys people plan on using to browse/game while watching TV. I like my Tour because I can toss it in a pocket and use it to remain connected to the main offices or use as a mini, handheld computer while I'm at the production facilities, a slate just seems too large to fill this purpose (i.e. doesn't fit in my pocket). In every case I can think of that a slate would be better than a smart phone due to its larger size/screen, I find that I'd rather have an actual laptop or tablet laptop PC.
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    eddieroolz , July 14, 2010 2:04 AM
    Not falling for the tablet hype, but competition is good.
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    m-manla , July 14, 2010 4:46 AM
    I still favor the upcoming Asus Eee Pad. Full Windows 7 OS and a 12" screen for $500 takes the cake for me.
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    beayn , July 14, 2010 5:14 AM
    tramitI love my blackberry curve, but whats with the crazy tablet fever all these companies have....


    Companies have tried tablets before but they never caught on because there was never much of a use for them. Apple can get away with these things because their fans just buy anything they make. So now lots of people have tablets, everyone else wants one and the other companies can safely invest in making them and jump on the bandwagon.

    That and of course, touch screen interfaces were clunky until smartphones improved it.

    I wonder if it would become a trend. Any new and risky market that a company wants to get into won't invest until Apple does it and makes it "catch on".


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    dEAne , July 14, 2010 6:15 AM
    tablets is now the trends.
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    jsm6746 , July 14, 2010 6:36 AM
    hmmm... video conferencing doesn't sound very appetizing... how am i supposed to say i'm at work when it's obvious that i'm at home in my underwear... and they could probably hack it like that highschool did and spy on me all hours of the day... nonono... i already hate my blackberry enough for tethering me to work all the time...
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    back_by_demand , July 14, 2010 7:33 AM
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    Flash Player 10.1 was just released to mobile platform partners and included support for Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

    Not Apple?
    /sarcasm
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    zak_mckraken , July 14, 2010 1:50 PM
    I have the first Storm and I really like it. It's not perfect, but it's the best smartphone I've used so far. Still, I hope that this tablet will be more than a big Storm. And I'm incertain about the screen... 7-inch? Bigger than a phone, smaller than a iPad... what exactly would be the purpose?