RIM: LTE and HSPA+ BlackBerry PlayBooks Official – Confirms Other Connection Methods

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RIM just went out and stated the obvious this week with the announcement of two new variants of the BlackBerry PlayBook. They have now confirmed that we will be seeing an LTE version and a HSPA+ version in the vague “second half of 2011.” That brings us up to four different variants of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  1. BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi
  2. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + WiMax
  3. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + LTE
  4. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + HSPA+

The other interesting thing is that RIM has confirmed that in addition to 4G and Wi-Fi the PlayBook will also support:

  1. Bluetooth tethering
  2. Mobile hotspots (ie. a MiFi(TM), smartphone or other portable device equipped to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot)
  3. BlackBerry Bridge

Interesting stuff. RIM has already updated the PlayBook page with some of this info. Check out the full press release after the jump:

RIM Announces Two Additional BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Models For LTE and HSPA+ Networks

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, SPAIN–(Marketwire – Feb. 14, 2011) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced plans to launch two additional BlackBerry® 4G PlayBook™ tablets during the second half of 2011, featuring support for LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks.

"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," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.

RIM’s family of upcoming BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets will deliver professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. These innovative tablets will each provide users with an ultra-portable design featuring industry leading performance with real-time multitasking and symmetrical multiprocessing, uncompromised high-fidelity web browsing including support for Adobe® Flash and stunning HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support.

The combination of premium hardware features and design powered by the new and highly acclaimed BlackBerry® Tablet OS and open development tools, along with support for carriers’ high speed 4G networks, will provide a high performance platform that enables a mobile services revolution.

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  1. Im very happy about what RIM is announcing! Its not exactly new and also it was expected but it seems they are letting people know about certain features once they are sure the decision has been taken to integrate that and once the features has been implemented correctly like the Hotspot connection with ANY phone! So for all Android and iOS fans, they wont be able to resist buying the playbook and bashing it at the same time! I hope them haters go to sleep now!

  2. Oh! Also, just certain modification id like to let people know regarding this article: HSPA+ is not 4G! please stop giving people false information! Its 3G+ and the same thing for the Sprint version which will be wi-fi+WiMax, ITS NOT 4G! The LTE one is gonna be a real 4G! for the rest its all false representation due to those carriers advertising campaign that takes people for idiots! 4G is a jump of technology/generation and is suppose to be an exponential improvement! which means that 3G in average can do around 10Mbps and even higher where as 4G will have to reach around 100Mbps! So please do not get fooled by carriers fake ass marketing campaign trying to promote and stimulate product sells by making you the consumer believe that they have a new technology! Only Verizon currently has LTE and they still can not reach the 4G status yet with their speeds but that will be the technology that will get them there!
    For the rest, HSPA=3G and HSPA+=3G+.
    I understand that this is not BerryReview’s fault since they only report what those companies put out there but we, as consumer, should let those carriers know that we get it and we are no fools!

  3. So glad to see that RIM has announced so many different Playbooks. Pretty much every carrier is going to get one. A very good move on RIM’s part.

  4. i think this can help alleviate a lot of the speculation in the forums

  5. Hey… can someone ask RIM about supporting AWS spec?

    Wind Mobile keeps saying there getting the playbook… but will it be AWS spec or WIFI?

  6. Looks like its all about the PlayBook at MWC, so far at least.

  7. Richard, AWS will come, you can always get a WiFi model and tether it to start.

    And remember TMO also uses AWS Bands worldwide… so it should be sooner than later.

  8. So will there be 1 PlayBook shell (incorporating a module cavity), with an accessory module released for each network variation?

  9. GREAT STUFF!!! CDME more fits the PlayPook, it doesn’t need to make calls!

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