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Research In Motion
is testing a touch-screen smartphone with a slide-out keyboard and is experimenting with a tablet device to serve as a larger-screen companion to its BlackBerry phone, the
Wall Street Journal
RIM's moves are intended to keep the BlackBerry smartphone from losing more ground to touch-screen devices like
iPhone and iPad, the
RIM's touch-screen smartphone runs on a new version of the BlackBerry operating system and works much like an iPhone, letting users swipe through screens and expand images with their fingers, the
says, citing people familiar with the company's plans.
The tablet device, in the early stages of development, will connect to cellular networks via a BlackBerry phone, according to these people. It could come out as soon as the end of 2010, the
A RIM spokeswoman told the
the company doesn't comment on rumors and speculation.
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