The ‘BlackTab’ Tablet device that was rumored to be under development from the makers of the BlackBerry range of smartphones is back in the news once more and this time, with more details of the elusive tablet. Each bit of news is clearing the haze bit by bit so that that what we are getting is a clearer picture of the device though the problem is it is painfully slow. However, the latest piece of news doing the rounds right now is that the BlackPad tablet will feature a QWERTY keyboard that will slide out of the touchscreen slate though there will also be an on screen keyboard that can be used when the BlackPad is in portrait orientation.
Also, the latest slate pc news has it that the BlackPad will have an integrated 5 mp camera while on board storage is tipped to be in the range of around 4 GB. What is also evident is that the BlackPad tablet will rely on tethering in order to power its mobile network. However, the thing that can play spoilsport is that users will be required to have a BlackBerry smartphone to get 3G data connection. So this would make the BlackPad as a constant companion to the BlackBerry and if indeed this is true, if would be interesting to see how consumers react to this. WiFi though will be a standard feature on the BlackPad.
The BlackPad is also likely to include a universal search feature that will enable users to search for both local as well as online information. Among other details available of the BlackPad is that the tablet will run BlackBerry OS, version 6.
However, none of what has been mentioned so far has been confirmed by RIM while there has been no denial either. So that keeps the rumors alive. Surely expectations are high from the makers of the BlackBerry smartphone. Research In Motion made everyone sit up with their BlackBerry smartphones that perfected the idea of mobile e-mail and with tablets being the current craze, it only is logical for RIM to register its presence in this competitive segment as well.
Keep watching for more developments on this as well as for the latest e-reader news.