High street retailer PC World has managed to get hold of some more stock of the RIM Blackberry PlayBook tablet for £169, the cheapest price in the UK for the device. Note that the price is valid only online and the in-store price will be £249.
The tablet was presented in September 2010 and was ahead of its time as it was the first tablet with a dual core processor but it only was widely available in 2011, by which time, the iPad 2 and a slew of Android based tablets meant it was never going to rival Apple's tablet.
RIM had no other choice but to cut its price in order to clear existing stock to avoid a damaging exit like HP with the TouchPad.
The tablet is a mere 10mm thick and weighs only 425g. It is powered by a dual core TI OMAP4430 chipset clocked at 1GHz, has 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, two cameras, Wi-Fi, microHDMI and microUSB, but no microSD card.
It is powered by Blackberry's Tablet OS, which is based on QNX and its 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen means that the overall form factor of the tablet makes it extremely mobile.
The Amazon Kindle Fire used the PlayBook tablet as its template; both share the same hardware fundamentals but Amazon's tablet will run on Android and will cost less than £200 at launch.