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BlackBerry Tablet to Feature 7″ Touchscreen and Video Conferencing

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According to Ashok Kumar, an analyst and managing director at Rodman & Renshaw, the upcoming BlackBerry tablet will feature a 7 inch touchscreen and will be powered by a processor from Marvell as well as front and back facing cameras. “Research In Motion is trying to pull forward the launch of the 7-inch touchscreen tablet from early next year to year end…with a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing,” he said in a research note Friday morning.

One possible chip candidate is the Marvell 1GHz Armada 610 processor, which is aimed at tablets, mobile Internet devices, and e-readers. The chip boasts full HD 1080p playback, 16-megapixel image captures, and advanced 3D graphics.

A front facing camera would be great on a tablet and could seriously help it differentiate from the iPad. It would be great to see some BlackBerrys also ship with front facing cameras, allowing the devices to speak to each other in video conference mode.

Marvell downgraded after losing contract for BlackBerry Javelin

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BlackBerry JavelinChip manufacturer Marvell saw a downgrade status rating on the stock market today from Jefferies & Co. due to losing the contract with RIM to provide parts for the upcoming BlackBerry 8900 (a.k.a Javelin) to competitor Freescale. The folks from Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. didn’t see it as quite that bad of a hit to Marvell.

“Not to minimize Freescale’s successful efforts, but we still think there is plenty of room for Marvell to feed at the Blackberry trough,” [analyst Craig Berger] wrote. “We believe Marvell’s unit shipments to Research In Motion could grow by 60%-80% this year.”

RIM’s been buying from Marvell for a long time, so we’re left to wonder what spurred the change in supplier. It could be as simple as going with the lowest bidder, but maybe Freescale’s got something that Marvell doesn’t… I guess we’ll have to wait for the Javelin around late November to see if she runs any differently.

(via MarketWatch)