RIM CEO: 4G PlayBook coming in late 2012

Research In Motion is going to give its Blackberry PlayBook tablet another try. Engadget reports that in a meeting held during BlackBerry World today, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that the company is working on a new version of the PlayBook that will add 4G wireless support.

The original seven-inch tablet launched in April 2011 (you can check out our review here) but the WiFi-only PlayBook has been a huge bomb in terms of sales. RIM has tried all sorts of ways to sell PlayBooks, including price cuts and even "buy two, get one free" deals with limited success. In August, Sprint cancelled plans to launch a version of the PlayBook that would link to its WiMax network.

The Verge reports that this new version of the PlayBook would link up to LTE-based networks, which means that Verizon and AT&T may sell the new tablet in their stores. No other details have been revealed but the 4G PlayBook is supposed to launch sometime before the end of 2012. It's likely that it will have RIM's BlackBerry 10 operating system installed. RIM showed off the BlackBerry 10 OS for the first time in public on Tuesday.

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People please stop already, sick of this "It needs to run Android or it's crap" attitude. Android is not in the top of the world, it has bugs like everything else out there, just because it's cool doesn't mean every consumer electronic device needs to use it.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
People please stop already, sick of this "It needs to run Android or it's crap" attitude. Android is not in the top of the world, it has bugs like everything else out there, just because it's cool doesn't mean every consumer electronic device needs to use it.

Maybe it's still a little buggy. But the fact just is Android is way more customizable then any os out there, wich makes it perfect for almost any device and Blackberry really needs the android market. Blackberry os failed.Period.

talk about poor reporting, a new playbook was mentioned and that there was a lack of RIM devices that support LTE. This is just putting 2 and 2 together and coming out with 5!!

This thing is only going to sell if it runs android (hacked or not) or if the android market is available on it. They really should wake Up and see that their apps database is just too small to be interesting. I would buy it if it runs android 4.0.4 and sells at less then 400 dollars.

Ficman said,
Really... Isn't pen and paper better than their previous one?


You have never used one obviously.

BigBoy said,
It should go straight to firesale pricing, so people don't have to wait for it for few months.

I think they will be more legit with their pricing this time.. Also I am guessing they are waiting until the release of Blackberry 10..

I for one am very excited about it because the upgrade from Playbook 1.0 to 2.0 was huge and added alot of stability.. I bought 2 used ones for 150 bucks for my GF and for myself..

Why buy one 64GB Ipad when I could just buy four 16 GB playbooks for cheaper.. The browser is unreal on them and they are starting to get some pretty good games .. I have dreams of strapping playbooks everywhere in my house just because they are so cheap like 1 beside my bed, infront of the TV, Bathroom, hooked up to the TV with HDMI..