Blackberry Playbook 4G: Release date delay, one eye on iPad 3?

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We have some disappointing news to bring you now for those who have been waiting for the 4G version of the BlackBerry Playbook tablet. RIM has just confirmed that the 4G version has been delayed until later on in the year.

It seems as if RIM did not want this to turn out to be a ‘big deal’, as Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis revealed that the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G will now be launching during this Fall, instead of this Summer as originally scheduled, according to BGR.

If you have been keeping a close eye on the 4G Playbook, you’ll know that an LTE version for Verizon, a HSPA+ version for AT&T and a WiMAX version for Sprint were all due to be landing at somepoint during the Summer. However, consumers will now have to wait a few months longer to benefit from the enhanced data speeds.

Are you surprised by this move? Some of you may have a feeling that RIM has one eye on a potential iPad 3 release from Apple before the end of the year, so a Fall release for the 4G Playbook would certainly help keep things competitive when consumers come to deciding what tablet is best at the end of the year.

Were you planning to buy a 4G Playbook? Let us know if you’re willing to wait a few extra months for one or not.

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  • Stephen Crossmon

    I don’t currently have a tablet or data plan. The first one I’ll buy will be the 4G Playbook on Sprint because they are the only carrier that still has an unlimited data plan.  Getting a new Verizon device has just become too expensive.