RIM’s 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook To Arrive Aug. 9

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion will launch a 4G LTE 32-gigabyte version of its PlayBook tablet on August 9th, but just in Canada.

Bell, TELUS and Rogers will all carry the new model.

RIM declined to provide concrete details on when the long-anticipated tablet will be available to customers in the United States, Europe, South Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean. The company did indicate those regions are on the roll-out schedule in the next few months, however.

Specific pricing details were also not revealed but leaked information suggests that it will sell for $550 outright, $500 with a one-year contract or $450 on a two-year plan.

To create new customer interest and, perhaps compensate for the lukewarm reception for its first WiFi-only tablet introduced last year, RIM’s brand new model will support 4G technology.

Additionally, the unit will be powered by the PlayBook OS 2.0 with dual 1.5 GHz processors, 1GB of RAM and will feature a 7-inch display, front and rear facing HD video cameras, HDMI out and stereo speakers, plus it will automatically adjust to connect on HSPA+ where LTE is not available.

The tablet contains a powerful unified inbox, enabling users to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, all in one place.

RIM shipped about 260,000 PlayBooks in the first quarter of this year, down nearly 50 percent from the same period last year.

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