updated 12:30 pm EDT, Wed June 1, 2011
BlackBerry 10in PlayBook may get redesign
A new rumor Tuesday may have filled in some of the earliest details of RIM's rumored 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook. The upsized version of the original would reportedly drop any 3G versions and come only in either Wi-Fi or 4G versions, N4BB was told. It wasn't mentioned hether that was LTE and WiMAX or included pseudo-4G technologies like HSPA+.
The slate would also take a cue from the iPad 2 and not only have a thinner bezel but come in a white version.
Software changes would also be in store. The device should arrive after RIM finally adds native e-mail and other apps it had skipped to rush the launch. Business users would get a major advantage as they would also get the option of talking to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server without having to tether to a phone through BlackBerry Bridge.
Most expect the 10-inch version to ship by the end of the year. The rumor is unconfirmed but comes from a site historically reliable for BlackBerry leaks that has shown numerous pre-release devices.
RIM has tried to pitch the seven-inch PlayBook as ideal for its portability, but its actual uptake has been unknown and won't be made public until the company discusses its results on June 16. The company has had to repeatedly beat back claims of low sales. A larger tablet may be a hedge against criticisms from Apple against small tablets or an acknowledgement that 10-inch tablets, led by the iPad, have been the most successful in the marketplace.