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RIM Developing BlackBerry Tablet; 8.9 inch iPad Rival?

Since Nokia, Asus and HTC are considering getting into the whole tablet thing, why wouldn’t RIM take the same road? A research firm checking the supply chains for upcoming products recently uncovered 3 sources supplying RIM with components needed to develop an 8.9 inch tablet, as mentioned by the folks of Crackberry.

The company working with RIM seems to be Hon Hai Precision, a division of Foxconn, the Apple partner that makes the iPhone and iPad. Apparently, the product will be shipped this summer or fall, maybe running BlackBerry OS 6.0 and relying on advertiser supported content (could this mean we’ll be seeing a new app store?).

Also, the rumours claim that this new device will be synced with BlackBerry smartphones using 3G or WiFi. Meanwhile, before you get too excited, remember that RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis recently said that he doesn’t see the benefits of tablets, specially over notebooks.

[via Phone Arena]