Despite poor sales RIM isn’t giving up on the PlayBook. A leaked roadmap shows that the company is planning a “3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook” to be released sometime next year.
The 3G+ PlayBook looks just like the current PlayBook, but with a few improvement. As the name implies, it will hold a 3G radio to connect to 42Mbps HSPA+ networks like T-Mobile’s. The new PlayBook would also have a new 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, as opposed to the 1GHz dual-core chip in the current Wi-Fi-only model. NFC will be built in as well, though there’ no clue as to what it will be useful for.
Unfortunately for RIM, this PlayBook isn’t out right now. Sure, we still have to wait for PlayBook OS 2.0 to come out (hopefully next month), but this is a full year later. Will anyone still want a PlayBook in a year? By then Apple will likely be on it’s third, perhaps even fourth iPad, and Amazon will probably have a new version of the Kindle Fire. Not to mention whatever Windows 8 tablets we might see. This new PlayBook already seems dead, and RIM hasn’t even announced it yet.