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January 7, 2011

RIM, Sprint to launch new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity

By CBR Staff Writer

Research In Motion (RIM) and Sprint have said that they plan to launch a new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet model featuring connectivity to the Sprint 4G network.

The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity, featuring Sprint 4G to give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

RIM said that the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook provides users with: Web browsing, true multitasking and HD multimedia, advanced security features, and enterprise support.

In addition, the new tablet features Wi-Fi support; 1GHz dual-core processor; 1GB of RAM and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS; and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5.

RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said they believe a significant portion of the tablet market would want a higher performing, multitasking, professional-grade tablet and that is why they chose to design the BlackBerry PlayBook for premium performance with a dual-core processor and multitasking OS.

"Together with Sprint, we are now building on that performance advantage with 4G and providing an unparalleled mobile experience for users," Lazaridis said.

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