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BlackBerry PlayBook has “Module Cavity” for Addons Like 3G and NFC

Screen shot 2010-11-16 at 8.07.29 PM While on stage at Web 2.0 Summit RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie mentioned that the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook would have what he dubs a “Module Cavity” for addons. Engadget points out that the obvious use of such a cavity would be for adding features like 3G or 4G internet access to the Wi-Fi only model or NFC (Near Field Communication” like we mentioned before. Balsillie also mentioned NFC saying that "we’d be fools not to have it in the near-term, and we are not fools."

I think it is great that RIM left themselves room to work with on the very slim BlackBerry PlayBook. I doubt this addon cavity will be user accessible but you never know. It would be really cool to get a tablet where they just change the module for the carrier you want to use it on whether it be CDMA, LTE, or GSM.

What do you think of this Module Cavity? Any creative ideas of what RIM can do with it?

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  1. Yo, dude! You can put your weed in it!!


  2. It shows that BlackBerry has planned for the future a bit with their design. (Obviously 3g/4g radios are the obvious use for it)…

  3. This does indeed sound great!

  4. this is cool the will not force u to buy only wifi.. or 3g+wifi, just upgrade the original you bought, nice

  5. Is there any indication what the interface is? Is it proprietary or something already in IEEE with an open specification? In other words, does RIM have to approve each module developed for the cavity as well as the developer themselves?

  6. That was going to be my big question too. What is the interface and specs for this “cavity”. I think back to the mess that was PCMCIA and it’s many “Type”s and special flavors and various size limitations.

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