RIM to release tablet to rival iPad

BlackBerry device could debut next week at conference

According to the Wall Street Journal, RIM may be unveiling a new tablet computer and a new operating system at a developers’ conference in San Francisco next week. The tablet is set to take Apple’s iPad head on. Its name is rumoured to be BlackPad and the device will have a seven-inch touch screen, a camera, and bluetooth and broadband connections (though only through another BlackBerry smartphone). Instead of the recently revamped BlackBerry 6 platform, the BlackPad will use a completely new operating system. RIM has declined to comment on the rumours.

Wall Street Journal