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RIM PlayBook with 4G could be coming this June

General Manager of RBC Capital Makers claims strong initial sales of the PlayBook will push the launch date of the 4G variant up to June

A 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM could be coming sooner than later, according to RBC Capital Makers General Manager Mike Abramsky.

In Abramsky’s note to investors earlier this week, he mentioned the possible launch of a 4G-enabled PlayBook coming as early as June. The reason, he claimed, is because of the supposed strong initial sales of the tablet, which may also be encouraging RIM to increase its manufacturing numbers for Q2 2011 to between 1.2 and 1.5 million units. Overall, he expects 500,000 PlayBook tablets to be sold during the May quarter and 4 million units by the end of the year.

Abramsky’s claims of strong sales are in conflict with earlier reports of slow PlayBook sales, however. The BlackBerry tablet has been hit hard with some tough reviews and could possibly affect future sales. Otherwise, let’s hope that his prediction of a 4G PlayBook will still hold true by June.

The 7-inch RIM PlayBook wi-fi model is now available in most electronics stores for $499 in the U.S.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)