Is RIM phasing out the BlackBerry Playbook?

Currys/PC World has cut the price of the RIM BlackBerry Playbook to £129. The tablet was launched in September 2010 but only hit the UK market nine months later with an inflated suggested retail price tag of £399. By the end of the year though, punters could get their hands on the tablet for £169 and yesterday's price cut is probably the penultimate one - assuming the PlayBook is discontinued, you'll probably see a final price dump to clear the shelves.

You can also pick up the 32GB model for £149 and the 64GB configuration for £249. Note that the prices are only valid when purchased online rather than collected instore.

The RIM BlackBerry tablet is the perfect example of a paper launch gone wrong. When it was first announced at the BlackBerry Developer Conference nearly two years ago, it was the first dual-core tablet to be unveiled. By the time it had hit the market, there were already a dozen dual-core devices on sale.

The PlayBook is equipped with a TI OMAP4430 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 7in 1,024 x 600 resolution screen, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 3-megapixel front facing one, microUSB, microHDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and runs on BlackBerry tablet OS. Conspicuous by its absence though, is a microSD card slot.

The device received a major OS upgrade back in June 2011 which added a number of missing features.

Source : PC World