Research In Motion to Launch iPad Rival: 'BlackPad'

Research In Motion (RIMM) will launch its tablet PC, unofficially called the BlackPad, as early as next week, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The product will have a seven-inch screen and the standard WiFi, 3G, and BlueTooth connection capabilities. It won't use RIM's BlackBerry 8 operating system, but rather will launch with an OS built by QNX Software Systems.

Potential customers will want to know why they should buy a RIM product instead of an Apple (AAPL) iPad or one of the new products coming to market from Samsung and a number of other handset and PC makers. The answer to that may be that RIM still has the largest share of the smartphone market in the U.S. -- 39.3% in July -- according to Comscore.

That market presence may give the Canadian company an edge over other new tablet products. And BlackBerry shipments climbed 45% to 12.1 million from a year ago, according to the company's last earnings report. RIM now has a total of 50 million subscribers.

RIM has an uphill battle against the iPad, but it does have some advantages over the other tablet companies.

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Jimbo

Apple seems to be on the forefront of technology while RIMM is trying to keep up. The "Storm" Was suppose to kill the iphone. I didn't like the Storm. I gave it back within the allowed month and kept my Samsung instinct. Much easier to use.

September 23 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

I got a new BB Torch last week and I hate it. It is just like an iphone and I hate for the same reasons that I hate Apple products. Don't they understand that we buy BB's because we want an alternative to Apple? So why they try to copy their products??

September 22 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Master Wordsmith

"RIM has an uphill battle against the iPad, but it does have some advantages over the other tablet companies." Advantages, like... what? This article didn't answer any of the techno questions.

September 22 2010 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thomasva6

what will al sharpton and jesse jackson have to say about this?

September 22 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cattani

I bet the pads are causing sleepless nights for the companies printing school text books. And they should. They are the biggest thieves on the planet.

September 22 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Fretboard

It's going to be very interesting to see how these tablet wars play out over the coming months and years. Everybody is gunning for the iPad and aiming to meet or exceed its success. I thinks it's funny how a majority of the forthcoming tablets, if not all of them, either mimic the iPad name somehow or speak about the iPad in some way in their description or press releases. Apple is on top of the hill now, it's going to be very hard for the BlackPad and others to knock them down. http://iPadNewsUpdates.com is a good source to follow the tablet war news.

September 22 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Master Wordsmith

"BlackPad" is only its unofficial name.

September 22 2010 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccdae5

Why on Earth does anyone want or do with an ipad?? It just seems like an over-priced toy.

September 22 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply