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RIM Announces 4G LTE PlayBook Tablet

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RIM is launching a 4G LTE version of its 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Despite all the uncertainty regarding Research In Motion and its immediate future, the BlackBerry company seems intent on proving that it's business as usual. While anxious customers are waiting for the release of BlackBerry 10 devices in 1Q13, RIM in the meantime is releasing a 4G LTE version of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The updated gadget is launching in Canada first on August 9 on Bell, Rogers and TELUS networks.

According to RIM, the new tablet sports the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, a 7-inch screen, a 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 6-axis motion sensing, 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, and a microHDMI output port. Other features include a microUSB port, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 32 GB of internal storage, a 3MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera.

"The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet gives customers access to high speed mobile networks around the world (LTE and HSPA+) and offers an exceptional, high-fidelity, fast web experience that supports more HTML5 functionality than any other native tablet browser on the market," RIM said on Thursday.

Out of the box, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes preloaded with tools and entertainment apps like the recently launched BlackBerry Video Store which offers a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows. A powerful unified inbox allows users to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, all in one place.

The tablet is also enterprise ready, making it easily managed with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. The tablet also comes preloaded with BlackBerry Balance technology, which allows a user to use a BlackBerry PlayBook for both work and personal purposes by keeping business information highly secure and separate from personal information.

"We're excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks," said David J. Smith, Executive Vice President, Mobile Computing at Research In Motion. "The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook offers a broad range of premium features, including a stunning 7 inch display, front and rear facing HD video cameras, HDMI out and stereo speakers, and it also offers premium performance on high speed cellular networks, helping customers to be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go."

Additional variants of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet supporting various high speed cellular networks are expected to be available in the coming months from carriers in the US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, head here.

 

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    mcvf , August 3, 2012 11:58 AM
    BUDOCITYBlackberry is becoming even more irrelevant than Android. Blackberry needs to start giving free phones away to poor people on boost mobile or cricket to get marketshare back before it taints its image as the pone for poor people like Android has done.Trust!

    Last time I checked, Android is so far anything else than irrelevant. Although, I am also concerned on the application portfolio for this tablet.
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    kawininjazx , August 3, 2012 1:11 PM
    Blackberry should have their systems dual boot with Jelly bean.
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    InvalidError , August 3, 2012 1:20 PM
    With almost every new non-Apple mobile device and display with embedded platform running Android, reports of Android's demise are greatly exaggerated. Windows Mobile and BB and others are the ones struggling with market shares.
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    belardo , August 3, 2012 1:26 PM
    @mcvf : It is not necessary to quote a whole message from someone, especially when you are responding right below them. You can also edit the quoted text too. For example:
    mcvfLast time I checked,


    @Budocity : LOL Funny! Android is perhaps more relevant than Windows.
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    Vorador2 , August 3, 2012 1:38 PM
    "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me"

    Seems like RIM didn't learned that lesson.
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    dark_knight33 , August 3, 2012 2:14 PM
    Thought RIM did away with the playbook tablet?

    Android irrelevant? ROFL, what have you been smoking? If anything, now that everyone else is finally giving Android their A game in the smart phone market, the iPhone is kinda becoming irrelevant. I see 3-5 ads for Android based phones a week. I haven't seen a single iPhone ad in months... It's hardly a "magical" experience worth advertising when every other manufacturer has learned to do it better. (e.g. Samsung)
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    captaincharisma , August 3, 2012 2:17 PM
    BUDOCITYBlackberry is becoming even more irrelevant than Android. Blackberry needs to start giving free phones away to poor people on boost mobile or cricket to get marketshare back before it taints its image as the pone for poor people like Android has done.Trust!


    LOL MS is the only thing irrelevant now. at least RIM has a promising phone and OS that will eventually released unlike MS
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    zak_mckraken , August 3, 2012 2:19 PM
    If they can get the pricing right, they may be able to at least keep their actual user base until BBX comes out. Then, they could launch a tablet and a phone based on it and hope for the best. If it doesn't work, I don't need to tell you what will happen...
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    stevelord , August 3, 2012 2:27 PM
    Playbook was a flop. This won't be any different.

    RIM is a sinking ship. They fell asleep at the wheel and didn't adapt to changing markets quick enough. And their ace in the hole (Blackberry Enterprise Server) will be a thing of the past eventually as well.

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    jerm1027 , August 3, 2012 2:44 PM
    While I want to see the Playbook be successful, I don't actually see it. RIM's products have been strong contenders for their business orientation. The first Playbook didn't even come with an email client. After that flop and not offering much over the competition, I honestly don't see this going anywhere, especially with the Nexus 7 being sold at cost.
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    oconnellda , August 3, 2012 2:57 PM
    Honestly, having used the original Playbook, the operating systems is very fluid and fantastic to use. The gestures (hence why the bezel is so big on the playbook) add a lot of functionality, and I found myself missing these gestures on the likes of the iPhone and Android devices. The sideloaded Android apps didn' run very well though.

    The big reason to buy this tablet would primarily to adopt Blackberry 10, since RIM has announced that the Playbooks will receive Blackberry 10. BB10, from the looks of it, uses the same OS (QNX), so this has me somewhat interested. Also, if you are a blackberry user, the ability to tether and use the data connection on the tablet is a nice plus.

    However, as of right now, the Nexus 7 would be a much better buy. I still have hope for Blackberry though, as I do miss the days when having a Blackberry had a cool factor to it. I do miss the keyboard from time to time too (iPhone user as the moment).
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    amdwilliam1985 , August 3, 2012 3:44 PM
    BUDOCITYBlackberry is becoming even more irrelevant than Android. Blackberry needs to start giving free phones away to poor people on boost mobile or cricket to get marketshare back before it taints its image as the pone for poor people like Android has done.Trust!


    I agree with you to some point.
    Yea, they should give away phones, but not to the poor, to the corporate, that's how they make money, they're good with security.
    On the other hand, Apple should only advertise to those uneducated and/or just plain dumb. Their iOS is cater to this group. Anyone who has ever use PC before can use Android, those who haven't used one before can go to iPhone aka dumbPhone ;) 
    The market is already flooded with 1 cent 3gs and the wannabe $100 iPhone 4.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 3, 2012 4:37 PM
    It sounds like a nicer tablet than the first release. Guess we'll just have to wait and see how well it does. This is what the Playbook should have been when it was first released. It might have had a chance then.
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    back_by_demand , August 3, 2012 8:34 PM
    belardo@mcvf : It is not necessary to quote a whole message from someone, especially when you are responding right below them. You can also edit the quoted text too. For example: @Budocity : LOL Funny! Android is perhaps more relevant than Windows.

    There is about 1.2 billion PCs in the world and about 90% run Windows
    ...
    Android is not that popular yet, just cos it's cool to own a Jellybean phone does not make it the biggest thing since Elvis in Vegas
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2012 11:10 PM
    I love RIM! I will be getting the new playbook as soon as it comes out! My 9810 Torch is the best phone ever!
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    belardo , August 4, 2012 12:50 AM
    backbydemand: How many of those PCs are actually active?

    The world today is different than 10 years ago. Other than MSOffice, Adobe CS, Intuit software... as long as you have a browser... who really needs Windows?

    @BUDOCITY: I read your comment wrong... sorry, dis-regard.

    SHouldn't RIM be working on getting out a modern phone than a slightly updated tablet? RIM is dead... they are spending 3 years to re-work QNX into a phone OS?! That is lame! If RIM wants to live, they need to go Android. They can customize the hell out of Android into their own system. Look at the various Kindle / Fire / Nook tablets out there.