Let’s face it, RIM isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite brand anymore and the first time around the company found little success with its Playbook tablet. Now, more than a year later than originally announced, RIM has brought us the 4G LTE-enabled Blackberry Playbook Tablet. According to MobileSyrup, an internal document from the Canadian mobile service, Bell, indicates that on July 31st the tablet will be launching at a suspected price point of $549.95. As for the US and the rest of the world, it’s hard to say for sure. Keep in mind that there is really little different, hardware-wise, from the original Playbook with the exception of a 4G LTE antenna. For those that don’t remember, the Playbook was a pretty big flop at its original price point and really didn’t pick up at all until it was sold at a major reduction in a sort of firesale effort.
The Playbook 4G LTE model will have OS2.0, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 7-inch display with a 1024×600 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera that shoots 1080p HD video, 3MP front-facing camera, 4800mAh battery and will have only a 32GB storage option. The specs aren’t actually half-bad on the Playbook, but RIM hasn’t exactly been a major name of late. Perhaps the company hopes that through contract subsidiary pricing users will pick up the Playbook for $0-$99 prices on two year contracts? What do you think, too little too late on RIM’s part or are you glad that the 4G LTE model is finally on its way?