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RIM To Launch 4G BlackBerry Playbook This Summer

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has announced plans to release a 4G version of its Playbook tablet this summer.

Providing the first hands-on demo of the device at this weeks' Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, RIM said that it Playbook will first be launched in the US on Sprint's 4G network this summer, Reuters reports.

"In large companies, they're talking deployment in the tens of thousands, right off the bat," senior vice president of enterprise and platform marketing for RIM Jeff McDowell said.

He said that companies are showing huge interest in the device, and that they are seeing it to be potentially as essential to employees as a phone of pc.

The PlayBook will sport a 7-inch display, come with rear and front facing cameras and will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor.

No price has yet been confirmed, although RIM has said it will be priced competitively.