When the first PlayBook from RIM was announced a few years ago, it did look as though it was going to give the Apple iPad a run for its money, but unfortunately, the PlayBook all but sizzled and faded out from the scene. It was more from the lack of software support than anything else, never mind that the hardware itself was rather solid on its own. Well, perhaps it is time to right those wrongs with the announcement of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet from RIM that will boast of a sleek and ultra-portable form factor without sacrificing on an overall faster performance compared to its predecessor. Not only that, to keep up with the times, RIM has thrown in 4G LTE network support as well, where the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook will first launch in Canada before it makes its way to the rest of the world.

David J. Smith, Executive Vice President, Mobile Computing at Research In Motion, said, “We’re excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks. 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.”

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is said to be enterprise ready right out of the box, where you can manage it using BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and it will come with BlackBerry Balance technology, letting you use the PlayBook to work as well as relax, as it ensures your business information remains confidential and separate from personal information.Sporting 32GB of internal memory, those living in Canada will be able to get their hands on the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook from from Bell, Rogers and TELUS this coming August 9th. Do expect other variants of the same tablet to arrive in the coming months. [Press Release]

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