RIM To Challenge The iPad With BlackBerry Tablet By Year’s End

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Research in Motion has long been rumored to be working on their own BlackBerry-powered tablet, often christened the BlackTab, but a new report by Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar is now dusting off that rumor in a new report.

What are we looking at, according to Kumar? Something more akin to Dell’s recent tablet offerings in the Streak than the iPad: expect a 7-inch touchscreen, a Marvell processor and 3G baseband, as well as front and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing.

The most interesting detail of Kumar’s report, though, might be in the dating: although earlier rumors about the BlackTab pegged it for an early 2011 release, Kumar says that RIM is straining to get it out there by the end of the year.