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Best Buy Confims That RIM Blackberry PlayBook Tablets Are OOS

US-retailer Best Buy has confirmed that it has run out of RIM Blackberry PlayBook tablets rather than, as many reported, having chosen to discontinue the tablet.

CNet's Roger Cheng (opens in new tab) says that the tablet had sold out after it had reduced the price of the product to $200 and $300 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.

Best Buy did confirm that it is expecting to get more stock in the near future and will make them available soon.

Speculation mounted about the possibility of a possible product pull out by Best Buy, when the company cancelled some orders and took down the PlayBook from its website leaving only refurbished ones online.

The PlayBook has served as template for a number of products that have appeared on the market like the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet.

All three have the same 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a dual core TI OMAP4 chipset (clocked at 1GHz for the PlayBook), 1GB RAM, two cameras and QNX OS which has since been renamed as BBX.

A major update to that OS is due in 2012 which will bring some much needed features like BBM services.

Désiré Athow
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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.