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RIM PlayBook to go worldwide by mid 2011

Digitimes' Chloe Yu, and Yvonne Yu report that Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to release its new PlayBook tablet PC in the U.S. and Canada in the first quarter of 2011.

A worldwide rollout will follow in the year's second quarter, according to RIM's regional VP for Asia Pacific Gregory Wade.

The reporters note that while the PlayBook will support 4G technology, Mr. Wade declined to disclose whether the technology will be WiMAX or TD-LTE.

He did note that the RIM tablet will target corporate users, providing full security updates for hardware and software, and will support BlackBerry 6, WebKit, Java, Adobe and Flash at a starting price of US$500, matching Apple's entry-level iPad tablet.