RIM Finally Pushing Out A $550 4G LTE Playbook
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?
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