RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet: 1Ghz Processor?

Research In Motion Ltd. is looking to have its BlackBerry Tablet ready by the end of this year. According to CNET, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) is looking to be putting a 1Ghz processor into the device and it will sport a 7” touchscreen. CNET went on to quote Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodam & Renshaw as saying that, “[RIM] is trying to pull forward the launch of the 7-inch touchscreen tablet from early next year to year end…with a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing.”

It certainly seems as if there are two camps to the BlackBerry Tablet saga. Some seem to believe that it is a sure thing, and others scoff it off as mere rumor mongering. While neither side will be able to claim victory until an actual device is either announced by RIM, or a year passes without an announcement, I believe that more evidence points towards a RIM tablet than does not.

Cisco is working on the Cius—an Android OS powered tablet for video conferencing. The rumor mill is pointing towards Apple putting the front and back facing cameras from its iPhone 4 into its upcoming new releases of its iPod touch and iPad models—which would make sense and be fairly simple to do—so that they can use FaceTime for video conferencing. Why would RIM not want to get into the tablet market too? Business users want video conferencing and RIM has a very strong name in the corporate world. It would make sense for the company to take a stab at it.

Furthermore, a BlackBerry Tablet would be very useful for business users looking to be able to harness the functionality of a smartphone and a laptop without all of the weight and annoyance of having to set the laptop down to type while on the move. As Apple’s iPad has shown us, tablets are sexy, and if RIM needs anything right now, it is sexiness. There are plenty of loyal BlackBerry smartphone users out there who would buy a BlackBerry tablet simply because RIM made it. Something tells me that plenty of corporations would look into purchasing them too as long as RIM does not screw up the release of its BlackBerry OS 6.

Think RIM is really going to make a BlackBerry Tablet?

Is this all just the rumor mill going crazy?

Let me know what you think.

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