RIM to launch new PlayBook

The latest version of the PlayBook is said to be 4G LTE capable, will support HTML 5 and will come with 32GB of storage

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RIM to launch new PlayBook The latest version of the PlayBook is said to be 4G LTE capable, will support HTML 5 and will come with 32GB of storage. (Getty Images)
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  August 5, 2012

RIM will launch its new PlayBook tablet in Canada next week, and then let it roll out to other markets.

This PlayBook tablet is strategically important for RIM as it will be the first product to use RIM's reworked QNX OS that it is adapting for a new generation of BlackBerry phones. This might just be the glimmer of hope that RIM has been looking for.

The previous PlayBook was criticised by many for lacking basic features such as email, and steep discounts failed to sway consumers. It was only WiFi capable and had to be tethered to a BlackBerry to use the internet.

The latest version of the PlayBook is said to be 4G LTE capable and will come with 32GB of storage. It will sport the traditional 7-inch screen with front and rear facing HD cameras.The new OS supports HTML 5, offers a unified Inbox that allows users to manage personal email and work email. It also integrates Twitter, facebook and LinkedIn on the same platform. The new playbook will also have an HDMI out for viewing on a larger screen, and stereo speakers.

The new PlayBook will be launched on August 9 in Canada. No pricing has been confirmed yet.

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