iPad 2 Rival Alert : RIM Blackberry Playbook Down To £234

The price of the RIM Blackberry Playbook has dropped to just £234 at online shop Pixmania, a price that includes a five per cent discount thanks to the code 3JITUK.

The tablet was originally put on sale for £399 but poor sales appear to have convinced Blackberry to cut its losses and gradually get rid of existing losses, especially as a followup to the tablet is expected to go on sale soon.

The Playbook comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz, comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, two cameras and Blackberry's own QNX OS operating system.

In addition, the tablet offers unique Blackberry-related features like the ability to use BBM services via Blackberry smartphones.

Unfortunately, it still lacks a native email application and a number of other features that were supposed to come with the next iteration of QNX OS, now scheduled to come next year.

We reported in October that some retailers like Mobiles.co.uk have started to offer the Blackberry Playbook combined with a Blackberry handset (the Curve 8520) with a handful of mintues and texts and 1GB data from a mere £30 per month on a one year contract.