RIM will Release a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE
RIM has confirmed at the BlackBerry World Conference that it will be releasing an upgrade to the BlackBerry Playbook, called the “BlackBerry PlayBook 4G”. Not too much is revealed about the new PlayBook except that it will have NFC support and a more powerful processor under the hood, the 1.5GHz dual core CPU. The current version uses 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. There’s some talk that the 4G LTE version will support BBM.
The 4G version was announced more than one year ago and the company proclaimed that it would be released in the end of 2011. But until January this year, it never materialized. Sprint also planned to release a WiMAX version of the tablet, but the official announcement of its cancellation followed reports on original PlayBook’s poor sales. The last significant upgrade for the tablet was the PlayBook OS 2.0, which added various new features such as contact apps, calendar and native email client. The new OS allows users to use certain Android apps and make changes on the visual appearance.