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BlackBerry tablet phone peripheral unveiled

BlackBerry tablet phone peripheral unveiled

BlackBerry owners who had been hoping to see a full tablet edition of the popular smartphone might be disappointed by the news that the planned device will be a supplement to the company's line of high-end business phones instead of a standalone product.

A lack of Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity means that the 8.9-inch touchscreen tablet computer relies on users' current BlackBerry handset to get online or do anything useful, with Bluetooth the only way of facilitating this connection.

In essence the BlackBerry tablet is manufacturer Research in Motion's (RIM) bid to bring the email and browsing capabilities of its smartphones to a much larger device without having to build lots of expensive components and create an entirely new gadget.

The BlackBerry tablet could be in shops before Christmas 2010, according to BGR, but since it is essentially little more than a secondary BlackBerry monitor, it might be available even sooner.

Observers have responded with slight confusion to these rumours, but if this latest story is confirmed, most will be interested to see what RIM has planned.

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