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iPad 2 Rival Alert : RIM Blackberry PlayBook Tablet Down To £169

Currys appears to be clearing out the RIM Blackberry PlayBook tablet as it has dropped the price of the device to £169, not quite as low as the current US retail price of $199, but by far the lowest price for a tablet with this configuration.

Given that the PlayBook went on sale back in May 2011 for £400, this has to be the best tablet deal on the market since the epic HP TouchPad deal that landed in August when the price of the latter dropped to £89.

At £169, the tablet may be cheaper than the Amazon Kindle Fire. It comes with a dual core TI OMAP4430 clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, HD front and rear cameras, Wi-Fi, microUSB, microHDMI and Blackberry Tablet OS. An update to the QNX-based OS will come in 2012 and bring both Blackberry Messenger as well as a slew of other sought-after features.

The online retailer is also giving away a free £50 voucher when you purchase the tablet; the voucher will be sent by email between the 20th and the 24th of February 2012, and can be redeemed between the 1st and the 14th of March 2012 on a minimum outlay of £200.

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