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BlackBerry tablet set to trump iPad specs?

OLPC tablet chip makers behind BlackBerry tablet?
OLPC tablet chip makers behind BlackBerry tablet?

RIM's oft-rumoured BlackBerry tablet has been 'outed' once again in a research note by an analyst.

Ashok Kumar, MD at analyst firm Rodman & Renshaw, says that the new tablet will have a seven inch screen with front and rear facing cameras.

The note predicts that Marvell, creators of the reference design for the OLPC tablet, will be using its components in the creation of the BlackBerry tablet.

Super specs

These would include the 1GHz Armada 610 processor, which would facilitate 1080p video playback, a 16MP camera and 3D graphics - although whether a tablet from RIM would use these battery-draining features remains to be seen.

The anticipated release date for a BlackBerry tablet is also apparently being pushed forward, according to Kumar, with RIM apparently keen to get the device out before the end of 2010.

What's odd about the note is it goes against information already 'leaked' to the internet about the forthcoming BlackBerry tablet - previous suggestions have labelled it a non-3G phone add on, with a much larger 8.9-inch screen.


Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.