RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has taken us with its unique QNX-based OS and business allure, but its connectivity is what matters the most for some. And now, RIM announced that it will release an LTE and HSPA+ models of the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook. This means that all four major U.S. carriers could get the tablet. The PlayBook was already announced in its WiMAX version fit for Sprint and in the original Wi-Fi only edition.
The new models are expected in the second half of 2011. RIM's Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said:
"The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is already being widely recognized for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools. We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users."
The QNX-flavored BlackBerry 4G PlayBook
is expected to hit shelves first in its Wi-Fi only version for $499
for a 16 gig model.