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RIM Doing A Touchpad? Price Of Blackberry Playbook Drops To £300

The price of the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet has dropped to less than £300 at Currys (via its Ebay Outlet (opens in new tab)), which is a very significant discount from the initial suggested retail price of £400.

The tablet - also known as the P100-16WF - is only 10mm thick and weighs 425g. It comes with a 7-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive screen, 1GB RAM, a TI OMAP4430 dual core SoC clocked at 1GHz, a five megapixel rear and three megapixel front facing camera, 16GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (but no external storage) and native compatibility with Blackberry handsets.

RIM has chosen QNX OS to power the tablet rather than the usual Blackberry OS, a move that will be replicated on the smartphone front.

This means that the Playbook will be able to access and sync your email, calendar, address book, task list and BBM instant messaging from the smartphone.

Currys says that the item is brand new and unused although there's no manufacturers' seal on the box. It comes with free delivery and 12 month warranty.

The drop in price of the Touchpad could be a sign that a new version is in the pipeline given that the current one is already one year old.

We've noticed significant drops in the price of rival tablets like the HTC Flyer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab as a number of newer tablets - like the Galaxy Tab 7.7. have been launched at IFA.

Désiré Athow

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 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.