Research in Motion is set to enter the tablet computing market with plans to unveil a 8.9-inch BlackBerry device later this year.
According to Boy Genius Report, there are some big differences between BlackBerry’s tablet, the iPad and the now-confirmed Google tablet — most notably a lack of cellular networking. Instead, the device will utilize your existing BlackBerry’s connection, communicating with the device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth().
Beyond that, the features sound much like those we’ve come to expect from other tablet devices; BGR cites “e-books, emailing, web browsing, and photo viewing” among the device’s capabilities. The reported lack of cellular networking would seem to make the device an odd choice versus its current and future competitors though, who are offering built-in 3G through carrier partners.
Nonetheless, the second half of the year could shape up to be action-packed in the tablet space as we learn more about Google()’s plans, see what Microsoft does in the wake of nixing the Courier, and await direction from HP following its acquisition of Palm, which many believe could result in the launch of webOS-powered tablets. There’s also potential for Apple to cut prices on the iPad in an effort to stay way ahead of the competition. Stay tuned.