It’s been a few weeks since we’ve heard any rumors about Research in Motion’s upcoming BlackBerry Tablet, which may end up with the awkward name of “BlackPad.” So I guess we were about due for a series of rumors.
First up, Fudzilla reports that its sources say the tablet will be announced in late November and ship before the holidays. That’s kind of late to launch a product for the holiday season. Cutting it that close, I wouldn’t be surprised if some minor manufacturing delay pushed the whole project back until 2011. But since the whole thing is based on tips from anonymous sources, let’s take that November date with a grain of salt anyway.
Fudzilla also reiterates that the tablet will run a custom operating system that’s meant to share information and an internet connection with a BlackBerry phone wirelessly. The same sources suggest the tablet will cost about $499, which is the same price we’ve been hearing for the past month or so.
Meanwhile, the folks at Tablets Unleashed noticed that RIM has applied for a Canadian trademark on the term “SurfBook.” There’s no indication that SurfBook is meant to describe a tablet — or hardware of any sort. It could be a software term. In fact, the word “book” seems to suggest we’re not talking about a tablet at all. But could Research in Motion be planning a Palm Foleo/Celio Redfly-like device with a large screen and keyboard that you could bundle with a BlackBerry phone to surf the web, read your email, and perform other actions? I wouldn’t be shocked to see RIM hedge its bets by releasing a product that’s similar to the BlackPad, but with a keyboard.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if the company didn’t. As always, take these rumors with a few grains of salt. Maybe a spoonful.