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RIM Launches the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook! Canadian Launch August 9th

Research In Motion has finally let the cat out of the bag on the release date of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. The 4G LTE PlayBook will be available in Canada starting August 9th! Yes, you read the title correctly. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet you know and love is now even better, with a new model available in Canada on select carriers beginning August 9th that has built-in support for ultra-fast 4G LTE™ networks.

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – August 02, 2012) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today launched the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks. The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering overall faster performance over the original BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as support for blazing fast 4G LTE networks. Launching in Canada first, the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook allows customers to work more productively and connect to the Internet, as well as access their email, on-line apps, media and content, from more places than ever.

“We’re excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks,” said David J. Smith, Executive Vice President, Mobile Computing at Research In Motion. “The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook offers a broad range of premium features, including a stunning 7 inch display, front and rear facing HD video cameras, HDMI out and stereo speakers, and it also offers premium performance on high speed cellular networks, helping customers to be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go.”

Featuring the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet gives customers access to high speed mobile networks around the world (LTE and HSPA+)(1) and offers an exceptional, high-fidelity, fast web experience that supports more HTML5 functionality than any other native tablet browser on the market(2). The powerful unified inbox allows users to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter®, Facebook® and LinkedIn, all in one place. The built-in Calendar and Contacts apps offer features to help customers better manage schedules and prepare for more effective meetings. Plus, the apps’ unique integration with social networks can provide customers with a wealth of information about their contacts at their fingertips.

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is also enterprise ready. It can be easily managed with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and includes BlackBerry® Balance technology, which allows a user to use a BlackBerry PlayBook for both work and personal purposes by keeping business information highly secure and separate from personal information.

Out of the box, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes preloaded with the tools customers need to be productive as well as to have fun, whether in the office, at home or on the road. Thousands of apps for work and play are also available on the BlackBerry App World storefront, such as the recently launched BlackBerry Video Store for all PlayBook customers in Canada, bringing additional functionality and value to customers. The BlackBerry Video Store offers a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows. Customers can begin watching media as soon as they start to download a file, so they won’t have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can begin enjoying great entertainment on the tablet’s high resolution display or on an HDTV using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s HDMI output. Canadians can download the free Video Store app on BlackBerry App World.

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will come with 32GB of memory storage and will be available from Bell, Rogers and TELUS in Canada on August 9, 2012. Additional variants of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet supporting various high speed cellular networks are expected to be available in the coming months from carriers in the US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information about the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, please visit: http://ca.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet.html. Data plans are sold separately.(3)

(1) LTE connectivity is currently only available from a limited number of carriers in specific countries. Where LTE is not available, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet can automatically adjust to connect on HSPA+.

(2) As measured by the independent HTML5 test site at http://html5test.com/results/tablet.html

(3) Check with your wireless service provider for availability, terms and conditions

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  1. I have a 64g play book and I can assure you the issue isn’t that it doesn’t have 4g, it’s that nobody is writing apps for the damn thing… And most of the apss it does have are embarrassingly bad compared to the ios or android alternatives.I Don’t think any of the apps I have on pb have seen an update in months.

    Frustrating.

  2. The problem also is that none of the most wanted apps I.e. Skype, Netflix, yahoo messenger, OoVoO, Nook, Kindle etc… Are no where to be seen. Not even a peep of wether they’re coming or not either.

  3. What about the internals? Same processor?

  4. The Playbook is a more of a secured business device. Who does OoVoo, Netflix, Yahoo Messenger at work. If your looking for a Toy with a bunch of Apps, you should go for an iPad… I get to access my secured email, video chat with coworkers, view my documents and share them them etc.. Love my PB… Looking forware to the upgrade…

    • I know it is but the fact that RIM is in trouble, they Cannot afford to cater ONLY to the business likes. They are trying to cater to the general public as well therefore, that’s where my comment is relevant. I love my PB but I’m not gonna upgrade for only a slight bump in CPU speed.

    • Sorry but the lack of apps issue rim is suffering from goes way beyond the tools vs toys debate. Any objective comparison of productivity, reference, tools, and similar apps will show rims app offerings are not only far fewer but also generally lower or much lower quality.

      Compare rss and podcast apps between the platforms then report back.

      Heck, even the calendar app in pbook is way less functional than the play book.

      … And tell me why a leading mobile platform still doesn’t have amazon Kindle app?

      Arguing that the app selection on play book is even remotely comparable to android or ios is laughable. I have all three so I can speak from experience.

  5. Im not interested in a toy/gaming device either, but at least a Kindle app would be nice.

  6. Sorry typo…
    Heck, even the calendar app in pbook is way less functional than the **android/ios devices. **

  7. Yeah, no argument there. In six months i know i’ll own a different phone, just not sure if it will be bb, wp8 or a Sammy droid.

  8. No apps equals zero functionality. The new pad needed direct cell phone connection; the blackberry bridge is fine but SO limited. Your pad is like a party where nobody comes, well a few do but then they refuse to talk to you.

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