A touchscreen tablet and mid-range slider bearing the BlackBerry brand are being tested by Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM).
The slider phone is likely to be the same mobile that has been rumoured in recent weeks and a report in the Wall Street Journal confirms that it will have a touchscreen as well as a full QWERTY keypad to compliment version 6.0 of the BlackBerry operating system (OS).
The display will use capacitive technology to allow multitouch sensitivity and it will have a five megapixel camera.
The tablet has also been hinted at in the past months, with rumours still suggesting that it will not be usable as a standalone device, but must rather be associated with a BlackBerry smartphone in order to get network access. This is expected to be on the market before the end of the year.
RIM will be hoping to see its new smartphone and tablet device acting in direct competition to the iPhone and to the ever growing range of Android mobiles that are currently eating into its mainstream market share.
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