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Price Of Blackberry iPad 2 Rival Crashes To £338

RIM may have taken the lead in the 7-inch tablet category after a surprising price cut has brought the price of the Blackberry PlayBook down from £399.99 to a much more palatable £338.

The device is available from a reputable reseller on Amazon (opens in new tab) and should help the PlayBook improve its 24th position in the best selling tablet list.

The device comes with a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen, a dual core 1GHz TI OMAP4430 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a three-megapixel front facing camera and a five-megapixel rear one, 1080p full HD video recording, HDMI output, a 5300mAH battery, microUSB, Wi-Fi, BT and the new Blackberry Tablet OS (AKA QNX) to boot with a new version having just been released.

RIM allows you to tether your Blackberry PlayBook to any existing Blackberry handset using a new feature called the Blackberry Bridge which also allows the tablet to access the web when in a non Wi-Fi area.

Blackberry will also deliver an Android App that will allow the tablet to run Android apps, in addition to those already present on App World.

At £338, the PlayBook is far cheaper than the HTC Flyer and within touching distance of the older Samsung Galaxy Tab. That said, the Playbook is only marginally cheaper than the Asus Eee Pad TF101 Transformer, which comes with a much bigger screen, Android 3.1 Honeycomb and incorporates a docking station that comes with a keyboard.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.