Research in Motion launched their new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet today. The new tablet will be the first to offer mobile network support whereas the original Blackberry Playbook was only available in Wi-fi.

“We’re excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks,” said David J. Smith, Executive Vice President, Mobile Computing at Research In Motion. “The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook offers a broad range of premium features, including a stunning 7 inch display, front and rear facing HD video cameras, HDMI out and stereo speakers, and it also offers premium performance on high speed cellular networks, helping customers to be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go.”

Blackberry’s Playbook features a compact 7″ LCD display with 1024×600 screen resolution, a 3 MP HD forward-facing camera, 5 MP HD rear-facing camera and can record video in 1080p. The dual core processor has been upgraded from 1.0 GHz to 1.5 GHz in the new Playbook

While the addition of a native email and calendar to the device, as well as cellular network support, many techies are still awaiting the eventual launch of Blackberry 10, the company’s new operating system. That launch has seen several delays and likely won’t see store shelves before 2013.

Thursday’s announcement didn’t do much for RIM’s stock price. Shares in Research in Motion were down 16 cents, or 2.23% and ended the day at $7.00.

The new Playbook will come with 32GB of memory storage and will be available from Bell, Rogers and Telus in Canada on August 9, 2012. Pricing was not announced.

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