RIM gives PlayBook tablet revamp after feeble sales

BLACKBERRY maker Research in Motion unveiled the latest version of its PlayBook tablet yesterday as the beleaguered firm tries to gain a foothold in the iPad-dominated market.

The new model will include high-speed 4G technology, making it the first version to be able to connect to mobile networks, a significant feature lacking from the earlier PlayBook. The device will be launched in Canada next week before it is rolled out to the rest of the world.

Initial PlayBook sales were poor, with the tablet criticised for lacking key features and being overpriced. Just over 1m have been sold since its launch in April last year.