Padded Reports: Blackberry Maker May Unveil iPad Competitor as Early as Next Week

Let the tablet wars begin! Blackberry maker Research In Motion may reveal its tablet computer as early as next week, The Wall Street Journal reports. Tentative name: BlackPad.

The article quotes off the record sources, probably chip makers quoted later in the article, who say the product will be in stores by the fourth quarter of 2010. A tablet computer by RIM would differ from other planned and existing iPad competitors in that most of those other manufacturers — Acer, Asus, Lenovo, etc. — were already in the small computer game with netbooks.

RIM is taking the game to Apple’s turf! With dropping stock prices and recent news that UBS and JP Morgan may allow their employees to receive corporate email via iPhones, it may be the smart play. Though, “BlackPad”?

Earlier: iPad Rule Number One: Apple Makes All the Money and Final Decisions; Publishers Get Antsy!

 

Padded Reports: Blackberry Maker May Unveil iPad Competitor as Early as Next Week