updated 10:35 am EDT, Mon August 9, 2010
BlackPad due in November, to be built by Quanta
The upcoming BlackPad tablet from RIM will purportedly be manufactured by Taiwan's Quanta Computer. Digitimes reports that the device will be powered by Android, though this is unlikely as RIM has always used its proprietary operating systems. The report also has the tablet launching as early as November, or earlier than originally anticipated.
The device is so far thought to have a 9.7-inch touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth connection, through which it will be able to connect to smartphones and their 3G data connections. Orders would ship in September, with the device priced at $500. RIM is said to be producing two million units in 2010 and eight million next year.
The smartphone maker is widely understood to have developed the BlackPad as a quick response to the iPad and may have stepped up its release schedule to the fall after originally targeting early 2011.