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Another HP TouchPad? RIM Blackberry PlayBook Discounted

Canadian telecommunications giant Rogers has slashed the price of RIM's Blackberry PlayBook for its employees from the 14th of September until the 1st of December.

Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed a few days ago that prices of the PlayBook would have to fall down, and it seems that the Rogers' discount is the first of many salvos.

What's more RIM will offer existing Blackberry Device owners from Rogers a $100 prepaid Mastercard gift card on the purchase of a PlayBook.

The price of the 16GB tablet has fallen to $249 compared to a suggested retail price of $500, the 32GB model comes in at $349 instead of the usual $600 while the top of the range 64GB tablet costs $399 rather than $700.

That translates into a UK price of around £165, which is less than half its current selling price in the UK. The tablet is a rather decent one but like the TouchPad it comes with a low-profile proprietary operating system which makes it unattractive to developers.

Its hardware - though one year old already - is still pretty competitive; a dual core TI OMAP SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen and much more.