RIM: Netbook? No Way!

Really: no way. Research in Motion Ltd. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said netbooks are not coming to the BlackBerry maker anytime soon.

RIM’s device requirements in terms of battery life and performance make for “very tight systems constraints for a netbook,” he said, so the company is focusing on devices “you can hold up to your ear and clip onto your belt.”

Peripherals that give more of that mini-computer feel, like keyboards and monitors, are a more likely of an option for RIM. These can connect to a BlackBerry wirelessly.

RIM isn’t the first smartphone-maker to reject the netbook idea: Steve Jobs said last October that Apple didn’t feel netbooks were ready for prime time and that the iPhone was in fact already in that category, anyway.

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