July 24, 2012

RIM Throwing Hail Mary Pass With New Tablet

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online

Rumors are circulating around that Research In Motion may be planning on launching a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer sometime this month.

According to a report by MobileSyrup, the new model tablet may be launching in Canada on July 31.

The report claims, citing an internal document from Bell, that the tablet will be priced at $549.95, and will be launching on Bell and possibly other Canadian carriers.

The BlackBerry tablet is rumored to have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage.

The tablet will feature a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p videos and a 3-megapixel front camera for video conferencing.

Sprint and RIM had plans to launch a 4G PlayBook using the carrier's WiMax network, but those plans fell through as RIM wanted to switch its focus to LTE networks.

RIM is facing stiffer competition since it jumped into the tablet market, with Amazon, Samsung and Apple taking over the market.

Apple is rumored to be unveiling an iPad mini later this year, which would essentially be an iPad with a 2-inch smaller screen.

Another rumor surfaced that Apple may be "tweaking" its full-sized iPad this year, possibly following the company's trend to simply "refresh" a computer line rather than remake it.

As Apple continues to pump out new products, including a highly anticipated iPhone 5 late this summer or early Fall, RIM is just trying to play catch up with lost market share it has seen over the past five years.

RIM, a once dominate player in the smartphone market, is hanging on by threads, and a new tablet might be its form of a late game Hail Mary pass.