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

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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