Tablet Alert: RIM To Release LTE BlackBerry PlayBook

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Tablet Alert: RIM To Release LTE BlackBerry PlayBook
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RIM may not be releasing BlackBerry 10 for a while yet, but the company is releasing a new product -– sort of.

RIM announced Thursday it would be releasing a new version of the BlackBerry PlayBook, one capable of next-generation super-fast LTE data service, next week.

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The tablet will launch with a select number of Canadian carriers on August 9 (Rogers, Telus, and Bell), and will be available only from those carriers for the time being.

The tablet is headed to other markets such as the United State, and Europe in “the coming months," says RIM.

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The LTE-capable tablet is similar to the Wi-Fi version already on the market. The LTE PlayBook will have a 1.5GHz processor –- up from the 1GHz processor in the original PlayBook –- and will have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 screen, 5-megapixel rear-facing and 3-megapixel forward-facing camera.

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The original PlayBook was available in both a 16GB and 32GB sizes; however, the company killed off the 16GB version of the tablet in June. The LTE Playbook will only be available in the 32GB size, and will have microSD expansion if you need a little more storage to hold your data.

RIM has sold less than 2 million PlayBooks so far. No pricing data is currently available for the new version of the tablet.

Would LTE data tempt you to buy one of these tablets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Bonus: Hands On with Rim BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

Installing PlayBook 2 on PlayBook 1

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