RIM's new BlackPad tablet was originally rumored to hit in November, but now appears to be scheduled for earlier in the year. Digitimes reports that Quanta Computer will be the manufacturer for this new slate.
While the BlackPad is still rumored for a November launch, it appears that the new tablet will ship out on September. It isn't inconceivable that we could see it hit stores before November. Even if it doesn't, this news means that we are likely to have some images and spec lists leak out in the very near future.
So far, the BlackPad is rumored to pack WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as 3G through a BlackBerry smartphone. It will launch for $499 and RIM expects to sell some 2 million units this year, with an estimated 8 million sales anticipated for 2011. Personally, I think they may be over-optimistic. The BlackPad (as currently rumored) is as pricey as any other tablet, with less features due to its nature as a companion device.
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Then again, RIM could have a lot more in store for this device than we're seeing right now. Only time, and additional leaks, will tell.