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Those who have been waiting for even more options when it comes to purchasing a tablet are in luck, as HP's first webOS tablet is coming in mid-July. The Wi-Fi only version is apparently set to cost $519.99 for the 16GB version, while the 32GB model will be $619.99.

The TouchPad runs on HP webOS 3.0, and features a 9.7" (768x1024) touchscreen display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It seemingly only comes with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and offers bluetooth and Wi-Fi (b, g, n) connectivity.

While it may be worth checking out if iOS, Android, or the PlayBook's QNX platform isn't for you, the TouchPad's pricing, and less-than-comparable specifications in some areas could result in a tough launch for HP. Only time will tell, however, so keep an eye out come mid-July!


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The BlackBerry PlayBook has easily been one of the most anticipated devices to come to Canada, serving as a large step forward for Research In Motion. The PlayBook, which features a dual-core 1GHz processor and RIM's all-new QNX based OS, is now officially available via multiple channels.

You can pick up a PlayBook at Staples, Future Shop, Best Buy, Sears, and a variety of other retail stores. Numerous carriers are also offering the new BlackBerry tablet, though some, like Rogers, have been slow to update their website. Telus has updated their site to include the PlayBook, and Bell along with Mobilicity have created special offers where you can get a $100 mail-in rebate with the purchase of a PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphone at the same time. Bell's offer is effective until May 5th, while Mobilicity is keeping theirs available until May 15th.

If you've been holding out for the BlackBerry PlayBook, be sure to hit up one of the stores mentioned above or your favourite carrier to pick yours up today! The 16GB version is available for $499, while the 32GB comes in at $599, and the 64GB version is $699. [linki=http://www.mobileincanada.com/cellphone-994-en-bell-BlackBerry-PlayBook.html]


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Exciting news came to us yesterday, when we found out that RIM is working on 3 new devices planned for launch later in 2011. The new devices add NFC (near field communications) technology, and are expected to launch with an OS version of 6.1.

The BlackBerry Curve "Apollo" is the next generation handset in the Curve series, and comes in at just 11mm thick. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, an HVGA (480x360) display, and a 5MP camera, the Apollo should make a great addition to RIM's handset line-up.

Next up the BlackBerry "Dakota", which looks like it may be the next generation in the Bold series. The Dakota has been rumoured for about a year now, but with more information finally surfacing on the internet, it looks like it may become a reality. The Dakota features a 2.8" (640x480) touch screen display, while retaining the typical BlackBerry form factor including the full QWERTY keyboard. The Dakota also comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video capture capabilities, and measures in at just 10.5mm thick.

Last in the list of new BlackBerry devices that were recently leaked is none other than the Torch 2, a BlackBerry with specs that compare to top end Android/iOS devices. The Torch 2 will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and features a 3.2" (640x480) display, a 5MP camera (presumably with HD video recording capabilities), along with 512Mb of RAM, 8GB of onboard internal memory, and NFC technology just like the other two devices.

No definite word on when we can expect to see these devices launch, but speculation is pointing at Q3 or so this year. With these devices launching with OS 6.1, it's unlikely that we'll see the PlayBook's QNX OS come to BlackBerry handsets this year, so if you're holding out for that, it may be quote the wait.


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Research In Motion has always focused on functionality over style and appearance, however they've recently acquired The Astonishing Tribe, a UI and design company that should help spice up the BlackBerry and QNX operating systems we're hearing so much about recently. According to some rumours circulating online, the acquisition of TAT may have been a move towards offering a 3D capable BlackBerry device in the future, though this definitely isn't confirmed. No word yet on when RIM would be launching a device supporting 3D content, but if this rumour gains any more momentum, we'll be sure to let you know. What do you think about 3D mobile phones?


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There has been a lot of talk recently in the mobile and tablet worlds about the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook that RIM recently announced. The PlayBook features a 7" screen, dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, front and rear facing cameras (high definition), and a slew of other features. One of the most interesting parts about the PlayBook is the OS, which has been developed using QNX technology, and it's out-of-box support for BES, Flash 10.1, etc.

According to recent information published online, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be launching sometime in Q1 2011, and at least one model will be priced under $500. Since the PlayBook will likely be coming in multiple versions (8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 3G/No 3G), we'll likely see the lower memory non-3G versions launch at the $500 mark, but only time will tell for sure. Stay tuned for more information as it's released!


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The moment BlackBerry and gadget fans everywhere have been anticipating for the last few weeks finally came yesterday afternoon, when Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry PlayBook! The PlayBook, which is RIM's contribution to the tablet market, features an array of top-end specifications, and the OS is developed, as rumoured, by QNX.

Let's start with the hardware - a 7" ( 1024 x 600) LCD multi-touch capacitive LCD display/touchscreen, a 5MP rear camera and 3MP front-facing camera, both capable of capturing high definition. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the PlayBook comes equipped with micro USB and micro HDMI ports, and connects to cellular data networks via bluetooth tethering with a BlackBerry smartphone. It also features Wi-Fi (a, b, g, n) connectivity, and comes in at just 10mm thick.

Now on to the operating system and software, it looks like the PlayBook is going to fill in the gaps that Apple's IPad currently has, including FULL Adobe Flash 10.1 support! It also supports HTML 5, an on-screen keyboard, and "true multi-tasking". Video conferencing is made available via the front facing camera, and the device can access your BBM, e-mail, calendar, etc., by pairing with your BlackBerry smartphone.


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According to several leaks that have recently surfaced on the internet, RIM have been working on a new BlackBerry Storm device, and up until recently it was unclear as to what the device would feature. Finally, we've been told that the next device in the Storm line-up will be the 9570, which is more or less a refreshed version of the Storm 2. Physically, the device is practically identical to it's predecessor, with the biggest change coming in the additional RAM, which is now up to 512MB. Based on the information found so far, it seems like this device is nothing more than refreshed version of the Storm 2, equipped to handle BlackBerry 6.

It's strange to see RIM release refreshed versions of existing models, especially considering their push to change the public's view of BlackBerry devices. The Torch is a great step forward for the Canadian-based company, but one can't help but wonder if the rest of these "interim" devices are actually intended for long-term use, or if they are merely intended to keep users busy until a new (maybe QNX developed) OS is prepared to take over after a short BlackBerry 6 life-span. Don't get me wrong, the Torch and BlackBerry 6 are a great improvement, but there's certainly still room to grow.

While it's been confirmed this handset will hit Verizon Wireless in the U.S., nothing has come to light regarding the device in Canada as of yet, but we'll be sure to keep you updated!


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There have been a number of rumours surfacing online regarding RIM developing a tablet device, including everything from screen size (7", 8.9"), to piggy backing for cellular data connectivity. According to the latest rumour, Research In Motion will unveil the new device next week at DevCon 2010 in the U.S., announcing features, specifications, and hopefully a release date. So far, the general consensus seems to be that the device will have a 7" touch screen, along with bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, though it will rely on the user's BlackBerry device for cellular data use. Names that have been tossed around for the rumoured device include "BlackPad" and "SurfBook", but pre-release model names often change upon launch, as should be the case with this one.

Probably the most discussed rumour is that the device won't be running an existing BlackBerry OS, but rather something entirely new and developed with help from QNX, a major OS maker that has experience in everything from vehicle software, to Nuclear Reactors. If RIM does launch a tablet powered by QNX software, we can be assured that it will not-only be stable and reliable, but more than likely a smooth and consistent experience as well.

Do you think RIM will announce their tablet next week? We'll be keeping up with live coverage, so stayed tuned for more details next week!


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