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updated 01:25 am EDT, Sun July 11, 2010

Analyst hears BBerry tablet more independent

RIM's rumored BlackBerry tablet may have had firmer details provided today through a research note from Rodman and Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar later on Friday. Sources in the industry claim the slate could be smaller than thought with just a seven inch display, but it could be a truly independent device rather than just the rebirth of the Foleo portrayed earlier. It would have a 1GHz processor from an unknown supplier and both front and back cameras, with videoconferencing as its most unique feature.

Rather than depend on a BlackBerry smartphone to get its connection, it would also have its own 3G cellular chip provided by Marvell. The choice of supplier may hint that Marvell is supplying the main processor as well; the Armada 618 is a prime candidate. If so, it could play 1080p video and otherwise leapfrog the iPad in some areas of visual performance.

The tablet has been aimed at an early 2011 launch, but its creator is hoping to move it up to late this year, Kumar claimed.

RIM has lately been non-committal on tablets; it hasn't rejected them outright but has also said that these devices needed to fit into a context alongside both phones and computers. If the tablet is completed, the company would be following a similar pattern to that which it took for the Storm, where the hardware was at least partly a reaction to missing a design trend set by Apple. Turnaround time would be quicker, however, as RIM could have its tablet in stores less than a year after the iPad and may even have been developing it significantly before Apple's official unveiling.

In writing his advice to investors, Kumar also filled in details on Apple supply issues, reiterating his earlier view that there were Retina Display-related iPhone 4 shortages and that LG Display's 9.7-inch iPad screen was also curbing the number of devices Apple could deliver. Yields were going up, but Apple would be "unlikely to completely satiate" demand through the rest of the year. He was optimistic that an equilibrium could spike Apple's sales levels, and called for 70 million iPhones in all of 2011 and 27 million iPads over the same period.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is the WHITE iPhone??

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    70 million iPhones in 2011

    seems a bit high unless there actually is a Verizon iPhone. Even 10 million iPhone per quarter only gets to 40 million and a few more sales during the holiday could get them up to 45 or 50 but beyond that it seems unlikely. I remember Munster saying a few years back that Apple would sell 45 million iPhones in either 2009 or 2010 and that hasn't happened yet. I can't say anything about iPad figures because that product is an unknown quantity. It could go viral to boost numbers to 27 million. I figured Apple could only push about 10 to 15 million in a full year, so I must be way off.

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too bad

    It's too bad this thing will probably fail. It's the exact form-factor I wish the iPad was.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone 4 in 88 countries

    @iphonerulez - "70 million iPhones in 2011 seems a bit high unless there actually is a Verizon iPhone."

    Not really if you consider that before the end of 2010, iPhone 4 will be available in 88 countries around the world. And there may be additional iPhone carriers in China as well. Not to mention a total of 25 Apple stores to be opened in China by the end of 2011.

    So yes, a Verizon iPhone would help boost total sales. But no, I don't think Apple really wants to either build a special CDMA iPhone 4 or add CDMA hardware/software to the current iPhone 4. I think Apple is waiting until the true pure packet switched 4G is rolled out in 2012. (Current "4G" phones are really 3.5G. The actual 4G spec hasn't even been determined yet.)

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The new "copying"

    In the 90s, it was enough for Microsoft to just cherry-pick features from Mac OS and add then to Windows 95 etc. That's because Microsoft had become dominant in the desktop PC market. And copying Mac OS features was "good enough" to keep businesses from defecting.

    Microsoft and everyone else (especially Google) are still slavishly copying Apple. And, as always, Apple leads in terms of thoughtful hardware and software design. But this time it's Apple who dominates the tablet market. Now, the copiers are just wannabes and the world knows it.

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Do remember . . .

    This thing (whatever it purports to be) is nothing more than V-A-P-O-R-W-A-R-E! Do NOT forget that. Remember how terrific MS's "Courier" was going to be? Yeah. Right. Another Potemkin Village from those who can't even dare to think boldly and creatively. Oh sure, a Blackberry Tablet. Ain't gonna happen. Just another HP "Slate," folks . . . which also ain't gonna happen, now is it?

    All these wanna-be's float rumors like these so they can appear to be innovative and still in the game. Well, sorry, BUT THEY AIN'T! The iPad may not be perfect here in Version 1.0, but I guarantee that when (IF!) the DingleBerryTab ever appears, Version 2.0 will run circles around it.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The BIG Question...

    Where will RIM put the ubiquitous teensy weensy keyboard?

    I'll wager they have it on a pivot, so it can be swung around to any side you want.
    Although, to keep costs lower it may be locked to only two positions. Whatever they decide, it's sure to be innovative.

    I mean, it couldn't be considered a serious computing device without a real keyboard, right? Could it?

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