LTE and HSPA+ BlackBerry 4G PlayBook - RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has taken us with its unique QNX-based OS and business allure, but its connectivity is what matters the most for some. And now, RIM announced that it will release an LTE and HSPA+ models of the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook. This means that all four major U.S. carriers could get the tablet. The PlayBook was already announced in its WiMAX version fit for Sprint and in the original Wi-Fi only edition.
Announce what networks will carry the tablet, but given the wide array of connectivity capabilities the various versions will have, it could be any of the large carriers. the announcement also did not include pricing or a launch date, but a screenshot surfaced last week revealing it could be $499.99 and on shelves in April. Just to be clear, that $499.99 tag was attached to the 16GB Wi-Fi only version, so if you’re interested in 4G, be prepared to pay more and possibly wait a little longer. some sources are saying one model could launch as early as March.
The QNX-flavored BlackBerry 4G PlayBook is expected to hit shelves first in its Wi-Fi only version for $499 for a 16 gig model.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is already being widely recognized for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools. We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users."
RIM’s family of upcoming BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets will deliver professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. These innovative tablets will each provide users with an ultra-portable design featuring industry leading performance with real-time multitasking and symmetrical multiprocessing, uncompromised high-fidelity web browsing including support for Adobe® Flash and stunning HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support.
The combination of premium hardware features and design powered by the new and highly acclaimed BlackBerry® Tablet OS and open development tools, along with support for carriers' high speed 4G networks, will provide a high performance platform that enables a mobile services revolution.
In addition to the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity referenced above, each tablet can also support:
- Bluetooth tethering
- Mobile hotspots (ie. a MiFi™, smartphone or other portable device equipped to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot)
- BlackBerry Bridge