It’s nearly two years now since RIM launched the first BlackBerry PlayBook and even though the Canadian BlackBerry maker announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress that a successor will be out anytime soon, the company didn’t actually release a new slate more than a year since then. Despite of that, a second iteration of the enterprise-friendly tablet still receives much anticipation, at least for some loyal BlackBerry fans in an excited state of getting their hands on BB PlayBook OS 2 which is believed to offer a glimpse of the BlackBerry OS 10 in early 2013. Interestingly enough, the new BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to launch on July 31st, thanks to a leaked document that may or may not make RIM proud of. But hey, do RIM really still has to hold off from making announcements for that big day?
Anyhow, the screenshot above says enough how imminent the launch of the new PlayBook is. And if you’re a bit curious what RIM will bring unto the table, the new BlackBerry PlayBook will sport notable specs upgrade such as the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, support for 4G networks such as LTE and HSPA+ (so most likely, there are two models to launch) and of course the PlayBook OS 2.0. It would be the same 7-inch tablet, but a bit slimmer at 9.7mm compared to its predecessor. This time around though, only one storage option is available and that is, just 32GB. And the price? The report says it will retail for $550 which is $50 lower than the 32GB version of the first-gen PlayBook.
More on this once this gets official next week, so just stay tuned! [via]