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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 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.

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