Research In Motion (RIM) and Sprint plan to launch a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet model featuring connectivity to the Sprint 4G network. The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity, featuring Sprint 4G to give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. This new 4G model is expected to be available from Sprint in the summer.
In addition to Wi‐Fi support, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook features a 1 GHz dual‐core processor, 1GB of RAM and the new BlackBerry tablet OS. The tablet will support Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML‐5 enabling customers to enjoy all of the sites, games, media and richness of the full Internet, delivered at 4G speeds. Additional details and pricing will be released closer to launch.
“RIM believes a significant portion of the tablet market will want a higher performing, multi-tasking, professional‐grade tablet and that is why we chose to design the BlackBerry PlayBook for premium performance with a powerful dual‐core processor and multi-tasking OS. Together with Sprint, we are now building on that performance advantage with 4G and providing an unparalleled mobile experience for users,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and Co‐CEO at Research In Motion.
Steve Elfman, president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint, added: “This tablet is a great example of Sprint’s strong partnership with RIM in continuing to bring customers powerful devices to enhance their mobility. We are confident the BlackBerry 4G Playbook from Sprint will be one of the most anticipated tablets in 2011.”