As the biggest names in technology prepare to fight Apple Inc's iPad, their best hope may be to avoid a head-on confrontation and focus on niche and low-priced products instead.
Research In Motion (RIM.TO) unveiled a tablet computer on Monday it hopes will leapfrog Apple's (AAPL.O) iPad, highlighting its potential for gaming, media publishing and corporate use.The BlackBerry PlayBook will have a seven-inch (18 cm) screen and dual facing cameras. It has WiFi and Bluetooth but needs to link with a BlackBerry smartphone to access the cellular network. It can then mirror the phone, giving users a bigger screen to view and edit media, and wipes all corporate data once the link between the two devices is broken.RIM expects to ship the device to enterprise customers and developers in October. It will become commercially available early in 2011. An exact price has not been determined, but RIM sees it in the lower range of prices for consumer tablets already in an increasingly congested market. (Reporting by Gabriel Madway in San Francisco and Alastair Sharp in Toronto. Here is full story