4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available in Canada!

Ian Hardy

August 9, 2012 8:28 am


The day has finally arrived. Today, August 9th, sees RIM’s 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook arrive on Canadian soil via Rogers, Bell and TELUS. Other countries will be launching this “in the coming months,” but us Canadians are the first to taste LTE speeds on the PlayBook.

The design is the same, 7-inches (resolution of 1024 x 600) with the black matted finish and the enhanced silver BlackBerry logo on the back. The main difference is inside – now only coming in a 32GB model and packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, plus LTE connectivity (average speeds are between 12 and 25 Mbps) and HSPA+. The rest of the specs are familiar to the Wi-Fi version: PlayBook OS 2.0, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera that captures 1080p HD videos, 3MP front-facing camera, HDMI port, 4800 mAh battery and overall dimensions are 130 x 193 x 9.7mm with a weight of 425 grams.

As expected, the price is a bit higher that the current Wi-Fi only tablet, which can be had for as low as $179 (16GB version). The 32GB LTE BlackBerry PlayBook costs $550 outright, or drops to $350 on a 3-year contract. Our quick hands-on will be up shortly.

Source: Rogers, Bell & TELUS

  • sickpuppy

    *crickets*

  • Simian

    $550? Is RIM insane? After seeing how they were able to move units once the price dropped below $200 and how the Nexus 7 is doing gangbusters, how could they in their right mind think that the addition of LTE would justify $350 more?
    I mean maybe I’m missing something… Does it have BIS/BES support now or does it still need to be tethered to a handset?

    • Taylor

      PlayBook hasn’t required tethering to a phone since OS 2.0 in February. It’s not classic BIS/BES, it’s better.

    • guy

      the problem is Telus, Bell, and Rogers because they didn’t mark it down enough with their plans.

      $550 is the “unlocked” price

  • Me

    Wow. What are they thinking. Way to high

  • mau

    RIP RIM !

  • David

    RIM try make like Apple, put a high price on medium class equipment to proof the “high quality” …

  • northy

    why do people need cell service on a tablet and pay the extra costs,, get the 6gig package on your phone and use your phone as a hot spot,,

    • Porilaisten

      Not everyone has a phone with hotspot capabilities or LTE for that matter.

    • Costa84

      It’s not just about tethering, its about being productive, and alive for as long as possible! One plan for mulltiple devices > battery drainage.

  • sickpuppy

    And is #1 in Craigslist , Kijiji for sale .

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    this will be 200 dolla on the prepay in three months

  • Rafael

    From the words of Yoda, “that is why you fail.”

  • Larkin

    I JUST BOUGHT THREE OF THESE BABIES AT MY LOCAL BELL STORE! ONE FOR ME, MY WIFE, AND MY DOG. GO RIM GO!!!!!!!! THIS IS IT! RIM IS BACK IN THE GAME AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!!!

    GO RIM GO!

  • roman20

    Can you imagine getting into a 3 year contract for something that was obsolete last year?

  • Kevin

    With a lack of advertising during the lead up to release its more likely that the LTE Playbook is aimed at business use. Even with the high price it might sell, and in numbers, to Enterprise users.

    • Shaun Lee

      woo~ brilliant idea.
      But everybody from our company got an ipad…
      our company must be stupid enough because it doesnt buy LTE PLAYBOOK for us.

  • Kman

    Paying for yet another data plan is not going to make the horrible lack of apps on the play book more enjoyable.

  • GCooper

    This will be $299 by xmas.

  • craig

    FAIL

  • Kevin

    If it is an enterprise tablet then the app issue is a non argument. You preloaded your specific apps on the tablet and lock the thing. You want to play Angry Birds, do it on your own time.

  • Andrew

    Really? “The day has finally arrived”?

    Yes, for the 20 people still holding on for dear life to their RIM loyalty.

  • tendenzi

    So in like 10 weeks we can expect more of these to be mysteriously stolen from a truck and RIM can recoup the losses as an insurance claim right?

  • RIM

    U guys are all jealous of RIM! weird how the bold 9000 is still faster than s3 because of its keyboard that adds crazy amount of speed.