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    Default HSPA+ BlackBerry Playbook hits the FCC

    This from engadget. The complete article is here if you'd rather not chase the link.

    RIM has been promising an HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Playbook for over a year, and it looks like it's now one step closer to actually being released. A tablet from Research in Motion recently made its way through the FCC's approval process and, if the test reports are any indication, it's a tablet with built-in HSPA+ connectivity. Unfortunately, the FCC hasn't revealed much else just yet, but earlier rumors have suggested that the new tablet will also see speed bump of another sort: an upgrade to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, as well as the addition of NFC. A leaked RIM roadmap that surfaced earlier this year also suggested that the tablet would be released in mid-2012.

    Update: And just like that, an LTE version has now also turned up on the FCC's site, operating on frequencies that could indicate support for either AT&T in the US or any of the big three carriers in Canada.

    Update 2: Now a second LTE version has turned up at the FCC, this one with support for Verizon's network.



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    Quote Originally Posted by W Hoa View Post
    This from engadget. The complete article is here if you'd rather not chase the link.

    RIM has been promising an HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Playbook for over a year, and it looks like it's now one step closer to actually being released. A tablet from Research in Motion recently made its way through the FCC's approval process and, if the test reports are any indication, it's a tablet with built-in HSPA+ connectivity. Unfortunately, the FCC hasn't revealed much else just yet, but earlier rumors have suggested that the new tablet will also see speed bump of another sort: an upgrade to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, as well as the addition of NFC. A leaked RIM roadmap that surfaced earlier this year also suggested that the tablet would be released in mid-2012.



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    Wait, no 4G/LTE?
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    I'm nervous they are going to start this one at $529 for 16GB off contract and something like $399 on contract.
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    Good for them. Fresh hardware and an updated OS may get them a fresh start. But they have to keep the pricing right.
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    Two different versions. This one I suspect will be the Tmo version.
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    This is huge to get the radios working and any problems ironed out ahead of BB10 phones!! Can't wait for the phones!
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    UPDATE: LTE version coming as-well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by r0v3rT3N View Post
    UPDATE: LTE version coming as-well!
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    From the FCC it reads:

    Applicant: Research in Motion
    Equipment: LTE band 4 & 17 / HSPA+ FDD 1,2, & 5 Tablet PC
    Brand Name: RIM
    Model Name: REG51LW

    and leading me to believe that their will be 16, 32, and 64 Gb versions

    Marketing Name: P150-16***, P150-32***, P150-64***
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    Quote Originally Posted by W Hoa View Post
    From the FCC it reads:

    Applicant: Research in Motion
    Equipment: LTE band 4 & 17 / HSPA+ FDD 1,2, & 5 Tablet PC
    Brand Name: RIM
    Model Name: REG51LW

    and leading me to believe that their will be 16, 32, and 64 Gb versions

    Marketing Name: P150-16***, P150-32***, P150-64***
    Look at your Engadget link it will be updated as-well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucep1 View Post
    Wait, no 4G/LTE?
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    wonder if the new company they purchase has components in the listed devices..
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    Update 2: Now a second LTE version has turned up at the FCC, this one with support for Verizon's network.


    This could be great news as Verizon's LTE network is only using 5% of its capacity. They need product to juice the network.
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    A few weeks ago, I started a thread asking if people were interested in the upcoming data version. There was almost no enthusiasm for it. Now that it is almost here, has the sentiment changed? Reading the front page article and comments for this topic, there was still no enthusiasm for the product, and that was from the most loyal fans. Somehow, I don't think the lack of 4G was what turned people away from the PB. I'm not sure how it will be the thing that makes it successful either.

    I am also wondering about price. The iPad starts at $399. The KF and NT, $200. That is a very small window in which to operate, and with the added bits, profitability is a question mark.
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    The people who will be interested in an lte one are the people with a lot of extra money or their company is paying for it.
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    i wonder if it will have a 1080p screen Id definitely buy it if it did.
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    So why not shrink it down to a 5.5" size and have the perfect phone? Components and software already work.

    Could be I am naive about electronics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by playbookster View Post
    i wonder if it will have a 1080p screen Id definitely buy it if it did.
    Hope it is, think the rumored sellout orders on the ipad are mostly because of the new HD screen and not the data plan connectivity. If the carriers don't get much added business from the 4G/LTE ipad, that will indicate a PB with that as the main upgrade won't excite the masses much. Dark horse could be the chip, and how much better and faster will it perform.
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    The crackberry Blogs covered this already, but thanks for sharing.
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    The Crackberry blogs picked this up an hour after this thread was started, but thanks for sharing.
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    I think I'll stick to my WiFi version. I'm one of those who don't have the extra cash for a separate data plan.
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    Maybe RIM will offer a trade up credit for Playbooks similar to what they have done with some phones and what Apple is doing with their IPads. Depending on the new specs it would make it worth it for me to upgrade for the hardware and then I always have the LTE radio if I decide I want to go that route.

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