RIM's PlayBook is coming to Sprint's 4G network this summer, the companies said during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Wi-Fi only version will come this quarter.
Motion on Jan. 6 tapped Sprint to launch its controversial BlackBerry PlayBook
tablet later this summer.
, the company's answer to Apple's
iPad and Google Android-based tablets that proved popular in 2010, will include
the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on QNX software.
7-inch-display device, which the companies are marketing as a "professional-grade
tablet," will be powered by a 1GHZ dual core processor and sport 1GB of
RAM. Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile Air and HTML5 applications will all
PlayBook, RIM pledges tight integration with its Blackberry smartphones, as
well as the company's proven enterprise security and mobile-device management.
PlayBook will include WiFi connectivity, Sprint said in a press statement that the
BlackBerry 4G PlayBook
will be the first
BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide-area wireless connectivity.
carrier, whose 4G network currently spans 71 markets in the U.S., claimed this
will give customers download speeds as much as 10 times faster than today's
typical 3G networks.
Sprint said it
will reveal pricing and launch-date details later this year.
RIM, which showed off
the device in earnest for the first
time on Jan. 5 at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, has had to defend its
PlayBook and its corresponding strategy from negative press
off reports that the PlayBook suffered from poor battery life (3 hours compared
with 10 for iPad and 6 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab), RIM published a blog post and video
to tout the
The WiFi-only PlayBook will ship in the first quarter, satiating analysts who expected delays.