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iPad 2 Rival Alert : RIM Blackberry PlayBook For £224

If you don't want to buy the RIM Blackberry PlayBook on Ebay for £224, then you can always try to get it from Currys for the same price.

The DSGi-owned store is selling the tablet for £249 in December but is also applying a 10 per cent discount at checkout for a limited time only, bringing it down to £224.

The 16GB tablet has a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a dual core Cortex A9-based TI OMAP4430 chipset clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, a five megapixel rear camera and a front facing two megapixel one, Bluetooth, microUSB and microHDMI, Wi-Fi, Blackberry's own QNX OS, but no microSD slot and definitely no Blackberry services without a compatible Blackberry smartphone.

The device originally went on the market for £399, the same as the iPad 2, but sales were not exactly spectacular. There have been rumours that RIM is significantly discounting the PlayBook in order to increase the tablet's user base.

In North America though, prices are still far cheaper than here, which could well mean that RIM and its partners may decide to slash them even more by the end of the year, should the similarly-configured Kindle Fire come to market.

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