This is kind of a no-brainer, but it looks like the next version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will have a speedier processor than the current model. The folks at BGR got a look a Research in Motion’s 2012 roadmap, and it looks like the new PlayBook will have a 1.5 GHz processor.
Right now RIM is selling a PlayBook with a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual core processor, so the spec bump should improve performance a bit. BGR reports the new model is also expected to have HSPA+ mobile broadband support and an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip for secure transactions.
The new model will likely have a 7 inch display and run BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. It could hit the streets in May or June.
It’s not clear if the new processor, operating system, or 3G/4G support will be enough to improve PlayBook sales. In recent months RIM has taken a different approach toward boosting sales: price cuts.