4G Playbook lands August 9th, 3 people are excited

The Blackberry Playbook tablet will finally have a version that will connect to 4G cellular networks and it's coming very soon for Canadians. After many rumors and a photo leak earlier this week, Research in Motion confirmed today it will release a version of the seven inch tablet that will connect to LTE and HSPA+ networks.

The press release states that the 4G Playbook will launch in Canada on August 9th, with Bell, Rogers and TELUS selling the tablet. Pricing was not announced at this time and there's no information yet on what the wireless providers will charge for the data use.

Besides the 4G network support, the new version of the Playbook will come with 32 GB of storage, front and rear HD video cameras and an HDMI port. The new version will have the same operating system that RIM launched earlier this year for the previous version of the Playbook.

So when will the rest of the world be able to check out this new Playbook? At the moment, RIM is only saying it will be launched in the US and other countries "in the coming months".

In 2011, Sprint canceled plans to launch a version of the Playbook that connected to its WiMax network after sales of the first, WiFi only, version were not as high as expected.

Source: Research in Motion website

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xankazo said,
I know that "3 people" tagline is supposed to be funny, but I think it's rather disgusting and pathetic.

Disgusting? Wow you take sh#t seriously

xankazo said,
rather disgusting and pathetic.
It's Neowin. The main page says "Where unprofessional journalism looks better" and your looking for reuters or ap type news? Your in the wrong place!

Neobond said,
LOL at all the hate on the title

I ask you my dear NeoGod, where are those three people? Release their names right now!

Neobond said,
LOL at all the hate on the title

The author is right how can you be excited about a product that is already doomed before it's beginning to sell. Some fun at Neowin should always be appreciated.

4G Playbook lands August 9th, 3 people are excited

While it would make a humorous comment it's kinda inappropriate as a title.

.Neo said,

While it would make a humorous comment it's kinda inappropriate as a title.

+1

Very inappropriate....professional or not professional, journalism needs to be unbiased.

.Neo said,

While it would make a humorous comment it's kinda inappropriate as a title.

Well, this isn't REUTERS, either, now is it? Neowin has a biased title to begin with.

bdsams said,
Yes, no fun..., in fact, I just uninstalled fun off the neowin servers.

I see you also tried installing Noob Journalism 2013, but it seems to have failed.

.Neo said,

I see you also tried installing Noob Journalism 2013, but it seems to have failed.

I can only imagine the fun you have on the weekends.

Phouchg said,
Well, this isn't REUTERS, either, now is it? Neowin has a biased title to begin with.

I'd like to think this website has advanced since 2001. I'll be sure not to make that mistake again. Thank you for pointing that out.

.Neo said,

While it would make a humorous comment it's kinda inappropriate as a title.

The title does not express bias, it is just making light of the extremely limited appeal PlayBooks have. Honestly, I think any article written about a PlayBook that does not at least mention their dismal market share would be bias for leaving that key piece of information out.

.Neo said,

I'd like to think this website has advanced since 2001. I'll be sure not to make that mistake again. Thank you for pointing that out.

Well, if can point one more thing before you, undoubtedly, leave and never come back again, do try El Reg, where such "noob journalism" is a trademark, but people don't make a fuss over it AT ALL. Perhaps you'll spontaneously combust.

sphbecker said,

The title does not express bias, it is just making light of the extremely limited appeal PlayBooks have. Honestly, I think any article written about a PlayBook that does not at least mention their dismal market share would be bias for leaving that key piece of information out.


There are better ways to point that out, trust me.

.Neo said,

I'd like to think this website has advanced since 2001. I'll be sure not to make that mistake again. Thank you for pointing that out.

The company wrote off $485 million dollars in inventory because they couldn't sell the original playbook, and now they are trying again with the exact same design and OS...are they stupid? Like I said (i changed the title), 3 people are excited.

bdsams said,
The company wrote off $485 million dollars in inventory because they couldn't sell the original playbook, and now they are trying again with the exact same design and OS...are they stupid? Like I said (i changed the title), 3 people are excited.

Don't get me wrong here, I fully agree RIM's decision to release a 4G version of their Playbook is incredibly strange. I also have no issue with the author bringing that up. However, like I said, there are probably better ways of doing that.

bdsams said,
I can only imagine the fun you have on the weekends.

It tends to not involve work (I'm a journalist). You're also sadly mistaken if you think we at work don't joke around with stuff like this. It doesn't end up in public though.

Phouchg said,
Well, if can point one more thing before you, undoubtedly, leave and never come back again, do try El Reg, where such "noob journalism" is a trademark, but people don't make a fuss over it AT ALL. Perhaps you'll spontaneously combust.

No need for such drastic measures. I'm fine lowering my expectations from now on. Again, thank you for showing me the light.

.Neo said,

It tends to not involve work (I'm a journalist). You're also sadly mistaken if you think we at work don't joke around with stuff like this. It doesn't end up in public though.

Could it be you're a bad, uninteresting kind of journalist then. You rehash, without adding value, spark. Repressed and fearful, hypocri-politically correct, perhaps your agency is aimed at past middle-age white-collar bourgeois (perhaps lawyers), one that doesn't/shouldn't have anything common with today's tech community. I can get that sort of information anywhere, starting with official reports on NASDAQ.
There are different target audiences. Weren't you told that in journalism school?

Phouchg said,
Could it be you're a bad, uninteresting kind of journalist then. You rehash, without adding value, spark. Repressed and fearful, hypocri-politically correct, perhaps your agency is aimed at white-collar bourgeois. Well, I can get that sort of information anywhere, starting with official reports on NASDAQ.

Be careful not to spontaneously combust yourself. You're getting close.

Phouchg said,
Well, I can get that sort of information anywhere, starting with official reports on NASDAQ.

And trolling "news" can be gotten anywhere as well. Some of us would prefer a bit of unbiased journalism, not just more of the same nonsense.

Mohitster said,

+1

Very inappropriate....professional or not professional, journalism needs to be unbiased.

LOL a tech blog that is unbiased.....

.Neo said,

Be careful not to spontaneously combust yourself. You're getting close.

So I am. Not just getting close, but ever so trying not to stray too much away from that line.

See, I'm a nonprofessional tech journalist myself, on a local scope non-profit site. Quite like many of my posts here, articles are ripe with pleonasm, echolaly, exaggeration, bias, unwarranted criticism and outright crap. Well received and non-degrading, however, because I'm catering to my audience, and colleagues are there to even it out.

And only the most conservative, colorless people make it a case to uselessly speak against such (you're not about to convince anybody who didn't side with you to begin with). Where I immediately make it a case to defend.
Mostly, however, those that don't like my writing, just either filter out the bits that matter to them or steer clear of my writing, live and let live.
Unless mein land is full of total dumbasses (which, I must admit, sometimes feels to be the case, but due to different reasons), it's beneficial to sprinkle news with a healthy dose of entertainment, and shut up about it, if there isn't anything meaningful to state about the topic of the article itself.

If anything it's clear you deal extremely poorly with criticism and as such will never improve upon yourself. Your loss really.

.Neo said,
If anything it's clear you deal extremely poorly with criticism and as such will never improve upon yourself. Your loss really.

There's a fine line between bending over to stagnates and dealing with your kind of criticism. I do go apeshyte over either, it's not a loss (unless you're a qualified personal barometer), it's a different way to destination.

Phouchg said,

There's a fine line between bending over to stagnates and dealing with your kind of criticism. I do go apeshyte over either, it's not a loss (unless you're a qualified personal barometer), it's a different way to destination.

If you can't handle someone suggesting a slightly less biassed title it's clear you went over that line. Your inability of responding normally to criticism is definitely a loss.

Edited by .Neo, Aug 2 2012, 5:04pm :

Phouchg said,

There's a fine line between bending over to stagnates and dealing with your kind of criticism. I do go apeshyte over either, it's not a loss (unless you're a qualified personal barometer), it's a different way to destination.

By the looks of it you went over that line.

.Neo said,

By the looks of it you went over that line.

Unfortunately, you're not qualified to decide, being an involved party here, and also both sides of line being equally full of shyte.
Now, unless you wish to actually discuss implications of arguably misplaced humor, the original question, instead of slandering certain people "noob journalists"...

Cyborg_X said,

LOL a tech blog that is unbiased.....


Any news source is biased every now and then and it's practically unavoidable.

However there's a fine difference between trying to be unbiased and journalistic and being opinion-driven and pushing such commentary into the title.

Actually, in journalism you can freely express your opinion, however it should always be clearly marked as such in a separate section/after a horizontal line/whatever.

There is little that annoys me so much as this extremely lax effort of trying to be journalistic on the Front Page News with Neowin.

GS:mac

Phouchg said,

Unfortunately, you're not qualified to decide, being an involved party here, and also both sides of line being equally full of shyte.
Now, unless you wish to actually discuss implications of arguably misplaced humor, the original question, instead of slandering certain people "noob journalists"...

Not qualified to decide? I'm just making an observation based on what you spewed out so far. And please, if I get a lame respond involving the uninstallation of "fun" he can get a lame respond back. Let's not make things more dramatic than they are.

.Neo said,
Not qualified to decide? I'm just making an observation based on what you spewed out so far. And please, if I get a lame respond involving the uninstallation of "fun" he can get a lame respond back.

Which, however, is a kindergarten level excuse - "he pulled me hair, so I poked his eye". Good going there, hero...

We are all making innocent observations here.