A new model of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be launching in Canada on August 9th, the manufacturer announced yesterday, bringing with it stronger hardware and a new software update. The 4G LTE PlayBook introduces support for “blazing fast” 4G LTE networks, as opposed to the models currently available, which only pack support for Wi-Fi and the universally lauded “BlackBerry Bridge” Bluetooth tether.
In addition, the processor has been bumped up from the 1.0 GHz dual-core processor found in current models to a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, plus the front-facing camera has been upgraded to a full 1080p HD resolution, matching the rear-facing camera on both models. The new OS version also features “more HTML5 functionality than any other native tablet browser on the market” according to an independent survey of mobile and tablet browsers.
“We’re excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks,” said RIM’s David J. Smith. “The [new device] 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.”
This new model of the PlayBook will be available from Bell, Rogers, and TELUS in Canada, and international editions are “expected to be available in the coming months from carriers in the US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean”. We’ll keep you updated as new release plans are announced.