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iPad 2 Rival Alert : RIM Blackberry PlayBook Now Available from £224!

While we impatiently wait for RIM to slash the price of its PlayBook tablet in the UK (as it did in the US last week), at least one supplier has cut the price of the tablet by nearly half.

Top-rated Ebay Seller Digigood (opens in new tab) is selling the tablet for £224 which is 44 per cent off the suggested selling price of the item.

The product carries a one year warranty and is brand new in its original retail box. The price drop may be the preamble to an exit of RIM from the tablet market ahead of the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire which is essentially a "lite" version of the RIM Blackberry Playbook for less than £200.

RIM's tablet was first presented back in September last year and only came to market in 2011. It packs a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, 1GB RAM, a TI OMAP4430 dual core chipset clocked at 1GHz, 16GB onboard storage, a five-megapixel rear camera and a three-megapixel front facing one, microUSB, microHDMI ports and is powered by QNX OS.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of rough edges, like the fact that it doesn't come with a proper email client and has to rely on an optional Blackberry Smartphone to come to life.

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.