RIM announces 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

RIM 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBookAs expected, Research In Motion today announced the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet with built-in support for cellular networks. Very similar to the Wi-Fi model, one improvement is the faster 1.5GHz processor.

“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.”

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz
  • Operating system: BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0.1
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600) LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 3MP
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, micro-HDMI
  • Battery:
  • Dimensions / weight: 194 x 130 x 10 millimeters / 425 grams

The RIM 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available from Bell, Rogers and TELUS starting on August 9, 2012. Additional variants with support for different networks will launch in the coming months from carriers across the world. Pricing was not announced.

RIM also announced that PlayBook OS 2.0.1 is now available as a maintenance update for the Wi-Fi PlayBook.

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