BlackBerry maker Research in Motion could launch its long-awaited tablet, and the new operating system on which it will run, at the firm's developer conference in San Francisco next week.
A report in The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said that the so-called BlackPad will feature a 7in touch screen and one or two built-in cameras.
The device will also have Bluetooth and broadband connections, but will be able to connect to cellular networks only through a BlackBerry smartphone.
As reported previously, RIM will eschew its BlackBerry OS6 for the BlackPad and instead opt for a new operating system built by QNX Software Systems, which RIM bought from Harman International Industries in April.
The software can apparently be found in a new US Army robot vehicle and the latest BMW cars, and RIM plans to transition all of its portable BlackBerry devices to the operating system in time, according to the report.
When contacted for further details about the BlackPad launch, RIM said that it does not comment on speculation.
Despite strong competition from Apple and Android-based handsets in the smartphone market, RIM appears to be holding its own, announcing strong financials last month.
However, the company's image has been tainted somewhat by the ongoing threat of BlackBerry services being banned in countries such as India and the UAE.
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