RIM rumor: 4G PlayBook will come to market in 2012

by Doug Drinkwater

May 4 2012

RIM's PlayBook has been the subject of a number of price-cuts in recent times
RIM's PlayBook has been the subject of a number of price-cuts in recent times

Speaking at a Q&A breakfast during BlackBerry World, new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins hinted tentatively that a LTE 4G-connected PlayBook may come to market by the end of the year.

Although Heins wouldn’t be caught confirming the 4G connectivity, the former Siemens man did admit that the company has a glaring lack of 4G products in its line-up, something it would look to address in future.

And according to the Canadian Reviewer, some specifications have even emerged on this tablet, with the source suggesting that the 4G PlayBook could turn up with a punchy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, offer Near-Field-Communication (NFC) support and a 'very similar' design to the current PlayBook.

Should RIM come to market with this product, it will certainly be looking to avoid the issues Apple is currently facing over a lack of 4G connectivity for the iPad in the UK and Australia, where a lack of networks or 4G compatibility is pushing local regulators to accuse Tim Cook's firm of misleading consumers.

Meanwhile, in related RIM news, it has been revealed that a Canadian police force is beginning to use the firm's PlayBook to control sirens and police lights, as well as for traffic alerts and 911 call-outs. Mobile Innovations, said to be the company behind the integration, told Pocket-Lint that two PlayBooks have already been fitted to police vehicles, with another eight set to be deployed by the end of the year.

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