BlackBerry PlayBook: Release Date Leaked for Highly Anticipated Device

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available on April 10 in retail locations, according to a new report.

Sprint Nextel is the first U.S. mobile operator that has announced plans to sell the tablet, but T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless may soon have the opportunity to support 4G PlayBook tablets. The news comes from what Boy Genius Report says are multiple unnamed sources.

RIM last month announced plans to introduce two additional tablets in the second half of the year that support LTE and HSPA+ networks, potentially adding to the growing number of computing devices that T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless offer.

Sprint Nextel anticipates offering the BlackBerry PlayBook this summer over its 4G WiMAX network. 

Among other capabilities, the tablet features Web-based media, gaming and applications, Wi-Fi connectivity, a seven-inch LCD display, video conferencing, and forward-facing and rear-facing cameras.

The release of the PlayBook will add fuel to the tablet-war fire. An iPad 2 announcement is expected later today and the Motorola Xoom just made its debut last month.

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