It looks like RIM will have their own 4G LTE tablet on AT&T to go head-to-head with Apple’s 4G LTE iPad. Yesterday, a new version of the BlackBerry PlayBook hit the FCC. The device won FCC approval for GSM bands 850 and 1900, WCDMA bands II and V, and LTE bands 4 and 17. These bands correspond to AT&T’s 3G and 4G LTE service in the U.S., a good indication that RIM and AT&T will soon launch the device.
The new PlayBook also won approval for NFC, a feature not offered on the current version of the device. It’s unclear what RIM plans to do with the PlayBook’s NFC capabilities, however.
Neither RIM nor AT&T has announced plans to release a 4G LTE version of the PlayBook, nor do we have any pricing or a release date for the device. However, yesterday’s FCC filing suggests that we will be hearing more very soon.
RIM unveiled the Porsche-designed BlackBerry Porsche P’9981 back in October, revealing a stainless steel, leather and glass device that departs nicely from the traditional black plastic BlackBerry design. Unfortunately, the P’9981 is a luxury device with a $2,000 plus price tag that will only be available on a limited basis.
Thanks to the FCC, however, we get a closer look at the P’9981, including a few shots of the device’s innards. FCC internal photos of the P’9981 show the front and back of the device’s main board, although we don’t get a good look at the device’s chips since they’re covered with shielding. FCC external photos show what appears to be a prototype of the P’9981, with the “Porsche Design” logo replaced with the word “Proceeding.”
Take a look at the full gallery of FCC photos below.
Do you love tablets, but hate the whole email client thing? Surf on over to NewEgg, which is now selling RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook for a low $200 with free shipping (you will need to pay tax in certain states). Note this deal is for the 16GB version of the PlayBook – NewEgg appears to have sold out of the 32GB version.
The PlayBook wasn’t exactly a success at its $500 retail price, but for $200 the device does have a lot of offer even given its shortcomings, such as a lack of an email client.
RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9380, codenamed Orlando, made its way through the FCC back in November, and today the FCC released internal photos of the device. Images of the Curve 9380’s mainboard show a Marvell processor and Hynix SDRAM. Unfortunately, FCC photos are pretty low res, and don’t give us a very good look at much else. Check out the Curve 9380 gallery below.
RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook was a half-a-billion-dollar disaster at $500, but for $200 maybe you can live without an email client. If that’s the case, head on over to Best Buy, where you can get a 16GB PlayBook for just $200. If you need a bit more storage, surf on over to NewEgg, where the 32GB PlayBook is $250.
Both etailers currently show the device in stock, but you’ll need to pay a bit extra for shipping if you hope to get your shipments before Christmas.
Source: Tech Bargains
RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9790, codenamed the Bellagio, hit the FCC last month and recently internal and external FCC photos of the device were released. Internal photos of the device give us a good look at the Bold’s Marvell Tavor 1GHz processor and Samsung SDRAM, as well as an inside view of RIM’s trademark QWERTY keypad.
Perhaps the most interesting image of the Bold 9790 is the photo above, which shows several Bold circuit boards side-by-side on a single printed circuit board. It’s a unique look at the cell phone manufacturing process, and the first time we’ve seem a cell phone’s main board before its popped out of the PCB and installed.
Check out the full gallery of Bold 9790 pictures, below.