RIM to launch BlackPad next week?

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Research In Motion could unveil its rumoured tablet (the BlackPad?) as early as next week at the upcoming BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 conference according to The Wall Street Journal. According to “people familiar with RIM’s plans,” RIM will then release it in the fourth quarter.

Supporting older rumours, The Wall Street Journal reports that the tablet will not be powered by BlackBerry 6 but by a new platform based on RIM’s recent acquisition QNX Software Systems. It will come with a 7-inch display, one or two built-in cameras, and Bluetooth. The tablet will need to be tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone to connect to a cellular network.

Another interesting rumour in the report is that RIM will eventually phase out its BlackBerry operating system completely in favour of its new QNX OS. Is BlackBerry 6 the last major version of this iconic OS?

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