RIM's tablet confirmed to be real?

RIM's tablet confirmed to be real?

Long before the Apple iPad was officially unveiled to the public, there were plenty of manufacturers bent on jumping the gun by making their very own tablet device to take advantage of the suspected next big product segment. Aside from the usual computer manufacturers that took the plunge, one major smartphone maker is now looking to join the ranks in this category. According to a BBLeaks connection, they're confirming that RIM is in the process of working on their very own tablet device that is rumored to be more compact than the iPad and will go by either the codenames “BlackPad” or “Cobalt.” This is pretty interesting considering that there was a rumor a while ago that RIM was ordering 8.9” displays from Hon Hai. Now the image provided is not the actual rumored device, but instead, it's a mock up what it could potentially look like. With the successful launch of the Apple iPad, it's known far and wide that there is money to be made with this specific product category and consumers are buying into it from what we've witnessed so far. Now would be the perfect time for RIM to get a piece of the pie as they're undoubtedly looking to grow their business by venturing outside the norm from their usual operating model.

source: BBLeaks



1. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

SERIOUSLY????? SERIOUSLY????? Im shaking my head looking at this. i dont know what to expect from this and this doesnt seem to have a disk drive either so theres no point to have this either

2. bbatts22

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

what are you continually doing that you still need a disk drive everyday on a tablet? just curious..... I never seem to see people NEEDING a disk much anymore

15. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

hjahgahahahj a DISK DRIVE?!?!?!?! when was the last time you bought a new anything with a disk drive. Jeradiah3, did you mean a cd rom drive or an sd slot?

3. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

WHYYYY!!!!!! Copycat bullsh*t..........

4. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

yes..8.9"..seriousely!..those screens are like $200 on ebay..with linux in em

5. ohenebajoy

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 10, 2010

Get a life haters of Rim

7. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I LOVE RIM. I've been using their phones for years. But this is not cool! They don't make tablets, or computers. They specialize in corporate and consumer email and PHONES! I'll be willing to give it a shot but i'm not expecting anything spectacular or new. I may be wrong it could end up being better in some ways than its competitors, but in order to do so they will need to make some big time changes to the App World and get more developers on board and offering more free apps, because, thats what we all really want right? And it had better NOT have a sure-press screen. Capacitive with multi-touch support or it'll be an instant FAIL!

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, apple didnt make tablets... untill they did... android wasnt on tablets... until it was.. whats your point? Obivously phone OS's lend themselves well to tablets for a myriad of good reasons. I dont see any reason why RIM cant make a fantastic corperate tablet. The only thing theyve ever been missing is a lil flash and flare and a good web browser. Do those things on top of RIMs solid email and message management, and u got a winner in my eyes. Id still take an Android based one over RIM or Apple, but id sure chose RIM over apple any day of the week.

20. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I think his point was is that Apple has a background in computers the iPad is just another variation...but RIM has only been in the mobile phone circuit til now. The prototype looks coo...as long as the browser isn't plagued by the "running scripts" while loading I think it will be a nice competitor to the iPad and whatever other type is on the market. When I carried a Blackberry it was always reliable so I could see this device makin some noise...esp. in the business channel. Pop that new webkit browser on it and push these things out RIM. Interestin...to see the VZW logo on it. I see you PA...way to slide that one in there...keep the fanboys chirpin

23. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

CRICKETownz got it right on point....crApple makes computers, thats what they do besides various other things. This is RIMs first shot at a tablet computer, a computer of any sort really. I never bashed the OS. But they NEED more apps, IMO, for this to take off. And NO sure-press please!

6. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

lol this from the company where just a couple weeks ago the CEO of rim said touchscreen devices would not be very popular. this would have been better running android then blackberry OS. we'll have to see if this is a good move for blackberry

8. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Does anybody see another BB Storm catastrophy in the works?

24. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I do!

10. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

I hope it has flash.... it will be better the the ipad

11. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

tablets are pointless....get a phone, get a netbook or notebook...you're done

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yar. Tablets are pointless. I love my Pre, and I love my Cliq XT. But honestly, what am I going to do with a giant device that isn't a full on computer? The only people using stupid tablets are Apple fanbois cus they would use anything Apple makes. My smartphones are phones, and i'll use my netbook for anything my phones can't do.

13. jaydee6

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2009

I call bullshit.

14. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

Am I the only one who sees an ipad fancily, in some ways, photoshopped to say blackberry and that gay sign that says verizon???? Maybe I'm just crazy...

21. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Maybe you are the gay one...usin words like "fancily". Cancel your account...please.

25. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

LMAO +1 Cricket

16. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

looks fake. can't be real.

17. HatedaIphone

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

*** Now the image provided is not the actual rumored device, but instead, it's a mock up what it could potentially look like. *** Next time read the article instead of just looking at the photos... LoL

22. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Thank you...if you didn't say it, I would of

18. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010


19. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

ipad 's selling like hot cakes because it's from apple, it has that coolness factor with the multi-touch.... other than that, ipad pretty much falls short, lots of things it doesnt have... but then again, ipad fans would defend, but in the end, credits to apple for continuously extremely redefining existing products or ideas... rim just needs to focus on improving/overhauling their OS (interface), or what we all bb users want, pc version of bbm so we can chat on our laptop just like yahoo msgr...

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

WORD! BBM on a computer would be cool, that's one of the main reasons I haven't switched to an Android yet...

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