BlackBerry tablet 'confirmed' - but just as an add-on
14th May 2010 | 08:58
No Wi-Fi, no 3G... no point?
The much-rumoured BlackBerry tablet has been 'confirmed' as real, but it's certainly not an iPad competitor.
BGR has some 'exclusive information' about the forthcoming device - it will be an 8.9-inch slate device, but won't have Wi-Fi or 3G on board.
Instead, it will be packing Bluetooth and will act as a secondary device to your BlackBerry, connecting up and stealing the Wi-Fi or 3G signal.
Not that, but something else
This means it's less of an internet tablet, and more of an e-book reader cum email extender cum pseudo-web-browser - essentially all the things you can do on your BB's really teeny screen in a much bigger format.
Word is that this BlackBerry tablet is due for a release around Christmas time - although there are murmurings from clandestine areas (or a man in a suit that told someone else something) that it might even be earlier than that.
We've no idea why RIM would think this is plugging a gap in its portfolio - but there are a lot of people committed to the BlackBerry tribe already, so perhaps having a massive screen complementing it would make sense.