Research in Motion recently confirmed the possibility of a 4G-capable version of its BlackBerry PlayBook on Sprint. The seven-inch tablet will have a new version with built in WiMAX meant to improve the speed of downloads for the dual-core tablet. However, the new model of the slate is not expected to ship until this summer.
This delay may be a hit to the company’s success in the tablet zone, as most of its competitors, such as the iPad of Apple or Android slates like the Xoom from Motorola already benefit from built-in 3G, at least for their latest models. Tablets having 3G have been most popular, despite the cheaper price of Wi-Fi only models. For instance, two thirds of the iPad’s users declared to prefer the 3G version of the tablet.
The PlayBook in its current design is depending partly on a BlackBerry, as it needs a cellular Internet connection as well as complete access to e-mail and contacts.