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.