A 4G LTE version of Research In Motion's (RIMM +3.5%) PlayBook tablet will finally arrive on...

A 4G LTE version of Research In Motion's (RIMM +3.5%) PlayBook tablet will finally arrive on July 31, MobileSyrup reports. The device is said to feature a dual-core 1.5 GHz. processor, dual cameras, and 32GB of storage, and carry a $550 price tag. Given the PlayBook's negligible market share and the consumer preference for Wi-Fi-only tablets, odds are against the launch having much of an impact. (yesterday)

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  • sean4329hunt
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    Wait, let me get this straight, part of the reason the Playbook launch was so bad was because it was Wi-Fi only, now that RIM is coming out with a 4G LTE version, that doesn't help either? Which is it? I really wish you guys would make up your mind. It seems that no matter what RIM does it is wrong.
    24 Jul 2012, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    The only reasons for a 4G tablet are that the carriers want these to put into their stores, and to satiate the naysayers in the media. Companies were uniformly bashed for not offering a 4G tablet, because Apple sells a 4G tablet. This is despite the preference of WiFi and disregards that few places in the world have 4G connections.
    24 Jul 2012, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    I guess RIMM wasnt burning cash fast enough....
    24 Jul 2012, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • skibimamex
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    Actually both I believe. The author is correct that more than 80% of tablet sales have traditionally been wifi only devices -- and therefore if history is judge, then this is not likely to have much of volume dent or significant financial impact. On the other hand, the critique before about RIM not having the 4G Playbook is that prior RIM management announced the product at Barcelona in Feburary 2011 (http://bit.ly/LLyjkK) and obviously it was vaporware at that time as it didn't ship until 18 months later. Alternatively, RIM mgmt ultimately realized (belatedly) that it was a resource drain to devote development efforts towards 4G for a narrow niche of the tablet market and also at a time when chipsets and LTE performance was still somewhat immature.


    In any case, the good news now is that I believe that this is the first LTE device shipped by RIM on devices that employ its QNX OS platform (so-called Blackberry 10 when the same OS is shipped for smartphones, but I'm not sure if they call the Playbook version of the OS the same), so we can observe real world performance of the new OS with LTE (i.e. battery management, connection resiliency, integration with 3G and wifi etc), and if there are any software speedbumps, RIM can debug it while it's only a limited universe of RIM zealots with the LTE Playbook (presumably only RIM fanboys are likely to rock this new LTE Playbook) in order for RIM to get a handle on potential issues (and solve them) before the glare of spotlight when the new generation of LTE Blackberry 10 OS smartphones finally ships in early 2013. So I see this as a good sign of RIM making steady progress towards commercial deployment of LTE devices on Blackberry 10 -- just another important milestone, more significant as a marker for RIM engineering progress than any financial impact from sales of a very nichey product.
    24 Jul 2012, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • sean4329hunt
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    So once again it seems that no matter what Apple does it is the right thing to do, even if it really isn't?
    24 Jul 2012, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • redwoodsman
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    It's easier to say " I can't afford it."
    24 Jul 2012, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • isabelwhatx
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    I think this might be a home run-- or a complete miss. Business execs will like the 4G LTE when traveling and will be way preferred over 3G. But if it crashes, it will just dig Playbook deeper into their already morbidly deep hole.
    24 Jul 2012, 05:35 PM Reply Like
  • Dale2100
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    Though I have not been a RIM fan/follower, let's give this some time to "... hit the streets...". If it is OS 10 under the covers, it will be very interesting to understand the value proposition of OS 10 in the phone space too.


    There is some good in the announcement - not all bad as others have offered (IMHO).
    24 Jul 2012, 05:59 PM Reply Like
  • sreimer77
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    You can tether the damn Wifi-only to your phone's data plan for a fraction of the price. One day someone gonna turn into the Joker on all of these people who propagate falsehoods about RIMM, Nokia and other highly shorted stocks.


    Supervalue, SVU has 48% short Interest? 110% of outstanding shares are held by institutions. When you add insiders and individual investors who are not required to report their holdings, it is much higher. Now, how can 2+ people own the same exact share, yet in this case more then 2 people probably own the same exact share, yet the stock keeps going down!


    How can the market artificially create shares without a company going through an equity offering? Massive Fraud occuring by Shorts, Broker/Dealers and Custodial firms.


    Integrity of the Capital Markets is in question. There are a number of stocks where institutional ownership alone is in excess of shares outstanding.


    SEC where are you? You don't respond to inquiries and it seems as though your in bed with all the crooks, which you are.......


    26 Jul 2012, 10:04 AM Reply Like
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