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RIM will release the 4G PlayBook next week, claims report

by Doug Drinkwater

July 25 2012

The 4G PlayBook will reportedly cost $549.95 when it launches next week
The 4G PlayBook will reportedly cost $549.95 when it launches next week

Research in Motion will launch the 4G variation of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as early as next week, according to reports.

Citing a leaked document from Canadian carrier Bell for the information, tech website MobileSyrup claims the 4G PlayBook will launch in Canada on July 31, and will have a 7-inch  display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and 32GB of storage.

The slate will also reportedly offer the BlackBerry 2.0 OS, dual-facing cameras (a 5MP camera capable of 1080p video on the rear, with a 3MP camera on the front), and support for 4G LTE and HSPA+. However, while these specifications look good, RIM fans will be disappointed to learn that Bell expects to sell this tablet at a hefty $549.95.

RIM launched the original PlayBook tablet back in April of last year, but the once-hyped ‘iPad beater’ failed to rise to expectations, attracting just one million sales to date.

The tablet was panned for a lack of quality apps and poor email integration (until PlayBook 2.0), so in theory a 4G PlayBook with PlayBook 2.0 and 32GB of storage could be a hit in enterprise. RIM is also expected to launch a bigger tablet in Q3 of next year.

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