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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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