BlackBerry Tablet needs smartphone for internet

BlackBerry's push on touchscreen tech begins

Research in Motion, manufacturers of BlackBerry smartphones is reportedly working on a tablet device that would work in connection with their pocket blowers.

Little is known about the mysterious tablet, but according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the device would be a touchscreen touting piece of tech requiring a BlackBerry handset to access the internet. As such, it would not work as a standalone web browser or mail provider like the Apple iPad.

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In a bid to compete with the touchscreen devices being launched by competitors Apple and HTC, the Canadian company is also believed to be testing a new touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone model with a slide-out keyboard.

Both devices are rumored to run the new BlackBerry OS 6 an operating system similar in function to Apple’s new iOS 4 offering a new browser, pinch-to-zoom motions and multi touch support. Previewed earlier in the year by RIM, BlackBerry OS 6 has already been lined up for a September 30th rollout.

As such, it is unlikely that either the touchscreen BlackBerry slider or the BlackBerry tablet will be with us before that date.

Check back for all the latest BlackBerry tablet news or follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Via:Wall Street Journal

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