Some digging around the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system (possibly with the help of root access) has revealed a few graphical elements that suggest where RIM’s headed next. A bunch of LTE coverage icons were found, indicating that the long-promised 4G PlayBook is still a real possibility. What’s even more interesting is that there’s a folder full of graphical assets at a 1280 x 768 resolution, which may be in preparation for RIM’s next-gen smartphones, or maybe even that 10-inch LTE PlayBook rumored awhile back.
While it might feel like RIM is already late to the LTE game, what with the oodles of Android hardware available supporting the high-speed network, but Apple has yet to release an LTE iPhone or iPad themselves. HSPA+ has a lot of room to grow, and LTE networks are still uncommon internationally. Even here in North America, they’re still a work in progress.
Still, it’s exciting to see that RIM is setting up for their big platform transition next year, and that LTE and a nice high-res display may be a part of the picture.