RIM announces two new Playbook tablets with LTE and HSPA+

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>> Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Bangalore: RIM (Research In Motion Limited) announced its plans for two new versions of Playbook tablet at the World Mobile Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

The new playbooks are for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and 3G HSPA+ networks will be available in the market by the end of this year.

Both the tablets will support Bluetooth tethering, mobile hotspot connectivity via smartphones and BalckBerry Bridge, software that allows features like Messenger and Email from BlackBerry Device on Playbook. More advanced wireless data networks are expected to be used in these upcoming tablets.
RIM hasn't announced the network operators which will be supporting the device. The prices of the devices are also yet to be announced.


These models will be joining the Wi-Fi and WiMax models which are scheduled to be launched by next month. With this, RIM will have four different playbook tablets-Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi + WiMax, Wi-Fi + LTE, and Wi-Fi + HSPA+.

AT&T and T-Mobile which uses Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) will be RIM partners in U.S. RIM will tie up Rogers, BCE Inc and Telus as its would be the Canadian partners for Playbook. For Long Term Evolution (LTE), Verozon will be the RIM partner.




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