Sprint to kill Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook as RIM prepares 3G follow-up

RIM's PlayBook could be nearing its end this month, at least at Sprint.

According to an end-of-life list obtained by SprintFeed, the Wi-Fi model of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet could be seeing its end in the later part of this month.

While this may seem like it spells doom for the tablet, its only half the story. According to a leaked product roadmap obtained by BGR, RIM's follow-up to the PlayBook is well on its way. While the roadmap seems a bit outdated (it gives the PlayBook 3G a Q1 2013 release, which seems a bit far off) other documents note that the 3G PlayBook will offer a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, near-field communications, and PlayBook OS 2.0. So while some things are up in the air, others seem a bit more concrete.

But here's the question: With no real release date for the next PlayBook announced so far, is Sprint's move to axe the Wi-Fi version of the tablet a bit premature?

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