Samsung, Blackberry ready ‘smartphone on steroids’ tablets, photos and specs get leaked
Wednesday 16 June 2010
Major players in the mobile phone market, Samsung Electronics Co. and Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM), plan to launch tablets PCs based on ‘souped-up' mobile operating systems in 2010.
On June 15 the The Wall Street Journal reported that RIM is working on a range of new devices that will help bring the brand back to its former glory.
Two products that the The Wall Street Journal believes are on RIM's drawing board are a "touch-screen smartphone with a slide-out keyboard" (tentatively called the 9800) and a tablet device that operates in tandem with a BlackBerry phone.
Reports about a Samsung-made tablet going by the name of "Galaxy Tape" or "Galaxy Tab" have also surfaced on multiple blogs and news sites over the last few days.
J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's mobile Communications Business told The Wall Street Journal: "We are planning to launch a table computer called "Galaxy Tab." It will be launched no later than the third quarter of this year."
Technology blog Gizmodo showed off images of the 7-inch device, saying it would run on Android 2.2 and have a 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of storage and a Super AMOLED display.
HP's Hurricane and Dell's Streak join Samsung's Galaxy Tab/Tape and RIM's BlackBerry slate amongst an increasingly long line of "iPad competitors" set (or rumored to) arrive in stores before the end of 2010.
Representatives from RIM and Samsung did not respond to enquiries about the tablet devices.
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