It seems not a day goes by without news of another possible "iPad-killer" tablet in development by one of Apple's many rivals, but Bloomberg has a significant story today stating that Research in Motion LTD (RIM), who makes the BlackBerry, is planning to release a tablet as soon as November to rival the iPad.
According to Bloomberg's sources, who wished to remain anonymous but who were "familiar with the company's plans", the new tablet will be very similar in size to the iPad, and will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that will enable users to connect to the Internet via their BlackBerry.
Bloomberg's sources say that the RIM tablet will be called the Blackpad, and that the pricing will be similar to that of the iPad, around $499. They add that it will play to the BlackBerry brand's strengths, such as the great email service and the phone's popularity with business customers, and that it will also have front and back facing cameras, something the iPad doesn't have, of course.
"They can't wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they'll fall too far behind," Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Inc. in New York told Bloomberg.