Research in Motion (RIM) has confirmed that they will be launching their newly revamped BlackBerry PlayBook LTE tablet in South Africa in the coming months. The new PlayBook will incorporate cellular connectivity and feature support for 4G LTE networks, the tablet will run RIM’s latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.
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.”
The previous BlackBerry PlayBook lacked many basic features including independent mobile connectivity (PlayBook required paring with a BlackBerry handset for 3G/EDGE capabilities), which was widely seen as main reason for the PlayBook’s poor appeal. The new BlackBerry PlayBook however promises users will be able to work more productively and connect to the Internet, as well as access their email, on-line apps, media and content, from more places than ever.
The revamped tablet will feature a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, 5 mega-pixel camera with HD 1080p video recording, 16/32/64 GB internal storage with no SD slot, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and will run the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will be launching in Canada next week (9 August 2012) and is expected to be available in the coming months from carriers in the US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
[Source: RIM Press Release]