We looked last night at RIM's troubles and CEO Thorsten Heins' hopes that BlackBerry 10 OS will be the saving grace of a company that has seen things take a serious downturn over the past couple of years.
That's in no small part due to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but RIM isn't giving up the ghost just yet on its tablet ambitions, and has just announced its supercharged 4G LTE successor, set to go on sale in just a week's time.
Actually it's less than a week now – next Thursday, August 9 to be precise. That's the good news, though – the bad news is that we're only talking about Canada at this stage; the rest of us will have to wait for “the coming months”.
RIM says the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is “ultra powerful, ultra portable and ultra fast”, though it would say that of course.
In more specific terms, it's a 7in display as before, but you get HD cameras front and back, an HDMI out port, stereo speakers and 32GB of on-board storage.
As the name makes obvious, you get LTE goodness on top of HSPA+, while support for BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and BlackBerry Balance comes along with all the usual apps and services you'd expect.