Rumor: BlackBerry tablet coming this year?

A rumored upcoming BlackBerry "companion device" would be able to sync with other BlackBerry devices through Wi-Fi.

The news is buzzing as a leak from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. (via IntoMobile) states that it has received an order from Research in Motion for an 8.9-inch tablet. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, an Asian component supply company, is the same company that produces the Kindle for Amazon.

The sources state that the device will be able to sync with your other BlackBerry devices, making it a "companion device" similar to the canceled Palm Foleo.

According to Boy Genius Report, the tablet will not have any cellular networking built in and will therefore rely on the Bluetooth or the built in Wi-Fi to tether to your Blackberry Smartphone. The device is designed for multimedia like emailing and web browsing and may even include GPS.

The BlackBerry tablet, codenamed "Cobalt," will be challenged coming into the market so late with the Apple iPad already on the market and with other tablets from Asus, Android, HTC and other companies already on their way. It is expected to be released late this year, possibly in December, but rumors are that the team is attempting to release it earlier if possible.

IntoMobile via Gizmodo

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