BlackBerry to launch 9.7 inch Blackpad in November?
As far as pricing is concerned, RIM is expected to stay in the same $499 and up range of Apple's tablet. The Blackpad will sport a full touchscreen and a slideout physical QWERTY keyboard as opposed to the virtual one on the iPad. The tablet will integrate closely with the e-mail capabilities of the BlackBerry handsets. Still, some on Wall Street expect this to be a tough battle for RIM. Robert W. Baird's William Power says, "With the success of the iPad, RIM faces an uphill battle. RIM really has yet to demonstrate that it can roll out touchscreen technology to match the leaders in the space, most noticeably Apple." There is no word on which carriers will be offering the device in the U.S., or if RIM is planning on signing an exclusivity pact with one of the operators.