RIM 'BlackPad' tablet shipping in November, priced at $499?

By Adam Zeis on 9 Aug 2010 11:37 am EDT
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RIM BlackPad Tablet

In between all of the ongoing phone rumors sits the much debated "BlackPad" rumors. The latest comes in from Apple Daily stating that the RIM tablet (maybe BlackPad, maybe not) will be shipping as early as November of this year and be priced at $499. The tablet is said to be sporting a 9.7 inch display along with Bluetooth, Wifi and front and rear facing cameras. We've heard so much speculation on this one, but it's hard to say for sure what it will have feature-wise as well as what will make it tick. We're not certain that it will be running an actual BlackBerry OS (QNX based anyone?) so we'll see how it all pans out. The tablet will be manufactured by Quanta starting with 2 million units in September, with another 8 million the following year. You can keep up with the latest info at our rumored device page.

Source: Apple Daily
Via: Engadget

69 comments

vishhh

Very Interesting news ! The specs look good ... I will be waiting .......

vandeleigh

What specs? The display size? Did I miss something?

ryanluckyderek

with new phones comming out I really want to see this tablet.

vishhh

Very Interesting news ! The specs look good ... I will be waiting .......

jennberton

I'm not gonna lie. I might get me one of these when they come out.

AgentScribe

I just don't see the need for another device. For RIM's sake, I hope this is successful but I have no desire to own one, even as a gift. Well, OK I'll take one as a gift, but who's going to drop that kind of cash on me?

I'm sure there's a market for these things but so far I'm not a part of those demographics.

:)

ruggedcanadians

Love to see this thing when it comes out. Could be a nice travel companion for business users if they have the right set of features and functions.

jaymillz11

Luks sweet n sexy... Hope its loaded enuff 2 kick da ipad off da charts

GenTsoChicken

Knowing RIM it will probably have a 624 MHz CPU and 512 MB of memory.

robertyhn

According to the screen-shot from the manufacturer of your source (Apple Daily), the tablet will be amazingly Android-based!!!

crevis24

I would LOVE to win this phone.

I have been wanting this new phone bad.............please pick me!!

Thank you

stevejb

I think you posted in the wrong thread

Cyber Warrior

November? That's my Birthday. I'll also take one...as a gift.Lol. Hopefully RIM pulls through with this one. I doubt it....I think everyone has already bought an iPad. Come on RIM....stop playing catch up.

dmann96

That's a little pricey don't ya think there RIM. You won't have a 3G version limiting yourself most liely to those that already have a BlackBerry. I just don't know how wise a move that price point is unless the specs beat Apple and HP for that matter. The iPad makes since because the developers are already on board.

Lots of concern on this... Also, the better have Flash ready for this as well.

jen8112

No one mentioned that the pic is obviously photoshopped. Soo not real. Can't wait to see REAL pic of the BB tablet.

coreyk86

I was just gonna say, that thing looks a little big, even for a tablet

chirmer#CB

Haha yeah, it's a really bad photoshop job :/ there's no shadows by his hands, to show depth and that his fingers aren't completely flat haha. Fail.

virtualvenom

Probably going to be exclusive to AT&T.

crush29830

I really hope its not really as big as the one in the photo. It looks like a flat screen tv lol!

stevejb

I'm curious to know where this is being aimed really.

I've looked at the ipad, but i have an issue with it's UK pricing for what it actually does for me.

However, if the RIM tablet will do the stuff of a ipad and will also be a companion to my BB such as speakerphone, dialling, email comms, tele conference, maybe even an output to connect to a projector etc then i would be really quite interested.

mciriello

This is going to be a huge FAIL...no question. RIM has never built a PC and they don't even have a decent touchscreen phone OS. A tablet caters to none of the BB's strengths - how will they even market this thing?

paulwright1

I think not. And RIM will by no means fail with there version of the tablet. Let me guess, you also think RIM is going to be bought out by Palm right? And Rim is going under because of the Storm 1?

chirmer#CB

Apple and the iPad is a bad comparison, because the big hits with the iPad are the email capabilities (being able to see your Exchange folders, as opposed to Blackberries, the "better emailing" device, where you STILL cannot without additional software) and the apps. The iPad has a HUGE application market, plus the iBooks, and Apple has the best touchscreen, hands down. There's no way the BlackPad or whatever is going to be nearly as successful, unless they bring something really innovative, and drop the price. RIM is not on the best of terms with customers right now, so what consumer base is this going to appeal to? The ones who already have an iPad? lol

pkcable

I'm getting one for Christmas!

jmundi

I don't see the audience for this. A majority of my BB use is email and calendar and I already have a bigger tool to manage that, it's what my PC/Laptop is for. Second Thought: Interesting speculaton on the OS, and I don't know enough about QNX to comment, but I'd have to assume it runs "native" BB apps, otherwise there wouldn't be enough day 1 apps to make this successful.

Good luck RIM.

harriswoman

Good afternoon
I am glad to see Blackberry is releasing new items. Please enter me into the contest.
Crackberry is a great site. The research I have done on cell phones over time has had great information, reviews, and instruction. Keep up the good work.
Thank you
Susan

XWolf

You know of a contest?

jodirt

Looking forward to seeing what they got up there sleeves

JC9700

Where can we preorder? I've been waiting for this!

KPower667

If they release this tablet in november... The retailers better put it on sale boxing day. Seems like an interesting direction for RIM, but let's see how it pans out in the long run...Wish you the best RIM.

KPower667

If they release this tablet in november... The retailers better put it on sale boxing day. Seems like an interesting direction for RIM, but let's see how it pans out in the long run...Wish you the best RIM.

katiepea

the fact that RIM thinks this thing will sell speaks volumes to their disillusions about who they even are as a company at this point. For years people have been screaming about how "RIM is a business company, they aren't concerned about the consumer market." Clearly RIM thinks they're Apple at this point. They've just lost $2.47 billion in the last 2 days in stock prices, and now this tablet... Come on RIM, you are truly making a mistake here with this device. It's going to be same old boring OS with the same old lack of software for it because nobody is developing for blackberry. You can go get an android tablet today at kmart for under $200 and it blows this thing away. Think about it, by the time this is out it will be one of the worst tablets on the market. RIM isn't a consumer market, and now they aren't a business market, they're a 'ME TOO GUYS ME TOO" There was a point in time where RIM was f'ing innovative, now they're just old hat catching up. I'll give RIM 2 years at this point, they're done.

Witmen

You have obviously never used the Kmart tablet before. Seriously the Augen Gentouch78 is horrible. You think $149 how bad could it be? Very very bad. It is so bad that it wasn't even worth my gas money to drive to kmart, Buy it and play with it for a few days before returning it. The entire time I was using it I was frustrated, it is by far the worse touch screen device I've ever used and it made the Storm 1 look amazing. Maybe the fact that Augen pirated android has something to do with it sucking so bad.

I'm sure the BB tablet will fail. But RIM would have to try really hard to release as bad a device as the Gentouch78.

DingoDave#CB

What service will carry it. I hope not at&t, they charge too much for data plans if not grandfathered. Would like to see Sprint get this one....

Lt_Solorna

I am waiting to see what this pad can do before I put it down or praise it. Tablet's are the future of computing and RIM is trying to get their foot in the little crack of the door. We must remember that competition can be good(or bad) and Apple seems to be the only one that has a Tablet out on the market. I am not a RIM/Apple/whatev... fanboy.
*This could be an extension device for the phone's that have OS6 along with possibly being a stand-alone device. We will have to see in these coming and trying months*

Pumathecat

Lol at all these comments! People talking out the side of their ass like they run a fortune 500 company and whip up products exactly when the market needs them! Now thoughts and opinions isn't a bad thing but the talking idiots who think their opinions run the market is just hilarious!!

Pumathecat

Lol at all these comments! People talking out the side of their ass like they run a fortune 500 company and whip up products exactly when the market needs them! Now thoughts and opinions isn't a bad thing but the talking idiots who think their opinions run the market is just hilarious!!

LikeWebOS

But outside of people who already own a Blackberry, who is going to buy it? Unless they pitch it as the serious touch screen tablet, for people doing serious work aside from the ipad?

But in general, its cool that Apple breathed new life into the tablet industry, but I still don't see the point unless you are doing some serious traveling. Out side of that, I fail to see why I need a smart phone, tablet, AND a laptop, unless these tablets are going to replace netbooks?

Jake Storm

"unless these tablets are going to replace netbooks?"

I think that's exactly the niche market they are aiming for.
It seems to be the companies (Apple, RIM, Google) that don't currently have a netbook, are the companies coming out with tablets.

HTC_Droid_EvO

Its not needed...Apple did it, and now everyone has one coming but when you are RIM and your OS is already not user friendly then its like ....why ???

Android and Palm/HP have one coming ....I alway want to see a vast diffrence in theres form apple.

Jake Storm

If it's out before Christmas, I'll be getting a couple of them.
One for a gift and one for myself!

scorpiodsu

If it will have surepress. That would be one big arse button.

ALpHa.Q.RoUgH

If my Blackberry already works wonders on my small screen and phone. What would be the point of having it on a bigger screen? Do I really need BBM on a 9.7 inch screen?

5dollarsheep

I really hope they make smaller ones, ya i know keyboards need space... but DAMN! Going by the "picture" it looks like he needs to store that in the trunk of his car hahaha! Its definitely not real.... I hope. Can you imagine whippen out that baby on a plane? I like it, but i also don't... I mean that thing can like also be my tv in some rooms haha.

simplayer

It's supposed to carry a 10" screen.

npunk42

The dude is still wearing a choker. He might be watching too much the 70s show.

Bazza1

The only way that RIM could may a go of such a device is;

a) ensure it is not a companion (aka iPad or the ill-fated Palm Folio) device. A case for others of 'been there, done that', RIM would have to produce a fully-featured and self-contained device capable of doing everything without the need to sync / connect to a 'real' computer.
b) offer an intuitive and user-friendly GUI - something that OS6 has shown they haven't a handle on yet.
c) dramatically increase the products in their App Store, with a corresponding drop in price for these.
d) prove the device can do things that other similar devices cannot do. Their one current claim to fame - security - is up for debate as they appear to relinquish access to governments (and potentially others)with dubious political, human rights and business espionage histories.

Otherwise, why bother - for the consumer, at least.

zensen

I agree with every point but a device like this will definitely mean re-tooling of current apps and creation of new ones and that can only be a good thing for tablet of this size.

Point A raises a very important issue that i have with the iPad. it's not really a standalone device and relies on other devices to simple things that notebooks and netbooks have done for a very long time.

pattste

What a stupid idea. Come up with something like the iPad (only with minimal specs), a year after the iPad and at the same price as the iPad. What are people going to run on it? When you look at the application catalog, it's pretty dismal with led color customizers and battery pull apps as best sellers. Seriously, what are they thinking? Their marketshare is dropping like there's no tomorrow. Every product looks like it's a year late. They're launching a flagship phone who's reception in the press and amongst Berry heads is lukewarm at best. Something like half the respondents to a survey here on CrackBerry say they'll defect to the iPhone or Android (and we're talking Blackberry enthousiasts, here). Meanwhile they waste precious resources, time and money to come up with a Blackberry tablet? Are they insane?

MrcleMakn

Why don't they call it the "BlackTab", its a tablet... is it not!?!? The "BlackPad" name, it's so close to Apple iPad!!

CamGleaton

Dude, this is a fake picture. Look at the size of the thing! My coffee table would crash with one of these sitting on it. Tell me I'm not the only that notices this!!!

chirmer#CB

Yes, it's fake, and a mediocre photoshop job at that ;D

Jackson17

I read a rumour that it will have a Marvell Armada processor. Hopefully, it's at least as good as this one - Armada 510 - 1.2 GHz "http://www.marvell.com/products/processors/applications/armada_500/Marve..."

Jackson17

oops please delete second post

Coxwain

lets just hope that they get this right,
16:9 screen,
bluetooth, wifi, great battery, SD slot, usb etc.

lets get a market leader from RIM for once

live420

Interesting post I'm just curious why RIM is not trying to give more specs than what we hear on these leaks bout this pad with only 2 an half months till release why wouldn't they start letting ppl know more bout this product an what it can do an why there asking so much other than the fact that they've lost so profit over the past year if it wasn't for these sites like crackberry an other sites for BB. PPI wouldn't even know at all so why doesn't RIM advertise more bout there products just make since.

live420

Interesting post I'm just curious why RIM is not trying to give more specs than what we hear on these leaks bout this pad with only 2 an half months till release why wouldn't they start letting ppl know more bout this product an what it can do an why there asking so much other than the fact that they've lost so profit over the past year if it wasn't for these sites like crackberry an other sites for BB. PPI wouldn't even know at all so why doesn't RIM advertise more bout there products just make since.

live420

Interesting post I'm just curious why RIM is not trying to give more specs than what we hear on these leaks bout this pad with only 2 an half months till release why wouldn't they start letting ppl know more bout this product an what it can do an why there asking so much other than the fact that they've lost so profit over the past year if it wasn't for these sites like crackberry an other sites for BB. PPI wouldn't even know at all so why doesn't RIM advertise more bout there products just make since.

Steved6086

I could definetly see a market for this product. with the explosion of touch screen devices in the past 5 years, tablet or handheld, i think RIM is going in the right direction. HP, I-pad, are all useful devices if you are into the media features, this is the perfect product for someone who likes touch screen media, and the ability to have a push network of BIS or BES on their personel computer.

pittsy12

I would think November would be pretty aggressive. I got this email survey late July:

As you are likely aware, tablet computers are all the rage right now. As such, one of our research partners, Vision Critical, is conducting a study to better understand what technology users (such as you) think about this computing trend. Please note that this study is not part of RIM Market Research, but we thought it was a study you might be interested in.

I would imagine that if the tablet was coming, then this survey would only be for slight tweaks at this point...

I also thought I heard somewhere that you'd have to tether your BB to the tablet in order to get any kind of service. I guess that makes sense so as to not be tied to any carrier...

MichaelUnreal

I wonder how this blackpad will work. There seems to be quite potential for this product but hopefully rim doesn't approach this product wrong

tking213

if it works with Tether, sign me up! I don't want to have to pay Verizon more just to use it.