During the press session and other confirmations at BlackBerry World we have heard that we will soon be seeing a BlackBerry PlayBook with 4G. I ran into two people at the show who got some time to spend with the devices and they were impressed and it seemed to work smoothly. Thorsten Heins was asked during the press session on what we will be seeing between now and the BlackBerry 10 device launch. They also asked if there would be another PlayBook device launch with the launch of BlackBerry 10.
It was interesting to see that Thorsten Responded that the BlackBerry PlayBook is more of a target into the mobile computing space than the tablet space. (Remember those embedded police cars?) He also confirmed that a 4G BlackBerry PlayBook will be coming to market later this year.
Also of interest was a question Thorsten was asked about the conference being focused on BlackBerry 10 but what about all the talk on enterprise policies and security? Thorsten responded that they were “100% correct there is more to RIM than just the handset business. We are focused on Business and enterprise because that is one of the places where RIM really fits best.” to further this goal they have pulled together all the enterprise business divisions under Robin Bienfait, RIM’s CIO, since it was very fragmented and combined them all to ensure focus. Now that he has the focus in place RIM is pushing the throttle further. (he even simulated stepping on the gas) He also confirmed what many of us already know which is the fact that RIM needs BlackBerry 10 to be launched to improve the enterprise platform.