RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has confirmed that the company will indeed be releasing a 4G LTE enabled BlackBerry PlayBook in 2012 and that it will be arriving on shelves at some point later this year. He declined to offer a specific release date.
Heins, according to Engadget, made the comments at a press event this morning confirming what we already thought to be true. RIM is going to be putting out a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with 4G LTE data capabilities.
This means that the tablet will be able to pull down data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than those found on a normal 3G network.
The discrepancy in speeds can be seen in the demo video below which shows off the Motorola Droid Bionic, a 4G LTE device, blowing past a 3G-enabled iPhone in terms of data speeds.
Heins unfortunately did not elaborate on when the company might be putting the device onto shelves only saying that it would arrive before the end of the year.
The 4G LTE PlayBook has been an elusive beast for quite sometime but recently showed up on camera leading many to believe that a release was close.
Originally, we believed the tablet to be launching in April, only to see that month come and go without a release.
The device is likely going to feature virtually the same hardware found in the BlackBerry PlayBook that is currently on shelves so those expecting a drastic change might want to temper expectations, at least for now.
The announcement comes shortly after RIM showed off its BlackBerry 10 operating system for the first time, an OS that can be seen in the video below.
RIM is banking on the new software becoming a success but it sadly won’t be out until later on this year.