RIM tablet said to be 'companion device'
A report says Research in Motion's tablet will be a device that works in conjunction with its successful line of smartphones.
So that RIM tablet? It's not going to be a tablet in the standard sense.
Boy Genius Report said on Thursday that it confirmed with multiple sources that the upcoming Research In Motion tablet will be a "companion device." Where have you heard that before? Oh right: The ill-fated Palm Foleo. The "best idea" Palm founder after its announcement but before a single product was ever shipped.
Why did Palm cancel the Foleo? For the same reason RIM will find out soon enough: companion devices don't really makes sense. BGR says the BlackBerry tablet won't have its own cellular connection so it will only be useful via a Bluetooth connection to a BlackBerry or Wi-Fi. So it's basically an extra display for a BlackBerry that will also have some multimedia functions, including reading e-books, Web browsing, and photos.
According to the report, the device is scheduled to ship by December. No price was mentioned. But we're not exactly holding our breath here.