Juicy Tidbits Leak Out About BlackBerry Tablet To Be Announced Next Week

Research In Motion may be ready to unveil its response to Apple’s iPad as early as next week, according to a WSJ, which reported a scattershot of rumors today. Among the speculation, it said the so-called BlackPad would be running a new operating system built by a company it acquired earlier this year, and that OS would eventually be used in its mobile devices.

The announcement could come as early as next week when RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) hosts its own developer conference in San Francisco. But without any comment from the company, it’s difficult to say if any of these details are close to correct. As is the case, the device may be seven inches in size, which is smaller than the iPad and the same size as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android. Its scheduled to come out in Q4 and would be manufactured by Taiwan-based Quanta with semiconductors from Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL). In addition, it would have Bluetooth connectivity, but it would only be able to connect to a 3G network through a BlackBerry smartphone.

The biggest nugget of information is that the tablet won’t run BlackBerry’s new operating system, but would run a new platform developed by QNX Software Systems, a company RIM bought earlier this year. It’s this OS that RIM eventually plans to transition its BlackBerry smartphones to eventually. Despite just releasing BlackBerry 6, the OS is still considered slow, buggy and behind-the-times. An entire overhaul may be necessary to catch-up. It’s unclear what QNX had up its sleeve, especially since it was known for making systems for everything from cars to nuclear reactors.

Other upcoming announcements at the event could include an update on BlackBerry’s advertising-services platform and an Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) music application. RIM was reportedly talking to Millennial Media, but that talks stalled over price.