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.