BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks Will Run On LTE & HSPA+ Networks

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The battle for mobile computing and tablet wars is hotting up following Telstra’s announcement today that it is to run its own fast LTE 4G wireless network in Australia by year end, offering potential NBN customers with a seriously viable and cost-effective alternative service.


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Now Research In Motion has announced plans to launch two additional BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets during the second half of 2011, featuring support for LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks.

4G mobile communications technology is essentially a mobile broadband system with enhanced multimedia services built on top. With LTE, high performance mobile data is possible at speeds of up to 350 km/h, or even up to 500 km/h, depending on the frequency band used.

HSPA+ uses a multiple-antenna technique to provide data rates up to 84 Megabits per second (Mbit/s) on the downlink and 22 Mbit/s on the uplink. The technology is also said to deliver significant battery life improvements and dramatically quicker wake-from-idle time – delivering a true always-on connection.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is already being widely recognised for its superior performance, rich web experience, enterprise readiness and deep support for web standards and open development tools.

“We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.

RIM’s family of upcoming BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets is promised to deliver professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing.

 

Both tablets are promised to be ultra-portable in design, and featuring real-time multitasking and symmetrical multiprocessing alongside high fidelity web browsing, including Flash support and HD multimedia. Users will also experience advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support.

The combination of premium hardware features and design powered by the new and highly acclaimed BlackBerry Tablet OS and open development tools, along with support for carriers’ high speed 4G networks, will provide a high performance platform that enables a mobile services revolution, said the company.

In all RIM plans to offer four BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, a BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi; BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + WiMax; BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + LTE and a BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + HSPA+

In addition to the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, each tablet can also support Bluetooth tethering, mobile hotspots through a smartphone or other portable device which will act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot known as MiFi, and BlackBerry Bridge.


 

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