RIM announced Friday that Sprint was cancelling the 4G BlackBerry PlayBook but will continue to sell the WiFi enabled BlackBerry PlayBook, much to disheartened Sprint customers. There is a silver lining however, as BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry PlayBook will be released in an LTE version. Check it out…
With Sprint letting go of the ball, not all is lost, and more is gained. The WiFi version is still available, but the LTE version will be a great feature for the PlayBook.
RIM’s official statement is as follows:
RIM has decided to prioritize and focus its 4G development resources on LTE. We remain excited and committed to delivering innovative and powerful 4G tablets to the US market together with our carrier partners. Testing of BlackBerry 4G PlayBook models is already underway and we plan to enter labs for network certifications in the US and other international markets this fall.
Looking at speeds between WiMax and LTE via ComputerWorld, the comparison is very clear to see:
Wow, that’s fast for LTE! That’s 3x the speed of WiMax.
Wow, 5x the speed of WiMax!
It’s fair to say that the speed of Verizon’s LTE will do the BlackBerry PlayBook justice when it comes to browsing and having that lightening fast internet connection. The beauty of the BlackBerry PlayBook and the QNX OS matched with the blazing speed should make for a great pair.
Who’s getting a 4G BlackBerry PlayBook this fall?
[graph credits: ComputerWorld]