The BlackBerry tablet will be officially unveiled next week at phone maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) developers conference.
According to unnamed sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, the handset will debut at the expo to be held at the San Francisco Marriot between September 27th and 30th.
The paper also reports that the iPad challenger will feature a new operating system custom built by QNX instead of the recently overhauled BlackBerry OS.
QNX’s platform will eventually replace BlackBerry OS across RIM’s range of device, it adds.
RIM’s slate is reputed to be named the BlackPad and is expected to be more compact than the iPad and more in line with the dimensions of the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Its rumoured spec sheet includes a seven-inch screen as well as dual cameras.
Speculation suggests it will also offer Wi-Fi support for connecting to the Internet, but will only be able to use 3G networks when tethered to a handset.
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