BlackBerry PlayBook Gets $150 Price Cut

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It looks like the BlackBerry PlayBook will also be getting a price cut at Best Buy. 

BlackBerry PlaybookThe big-box retailer recently started offering the 64GB PlayBook for $150 less than its usual retail price, with a new tag of $550. The electronics retailer is also offering the 16GB version of the 7-inch tablet for $449, $50 off the regular price of $499. 

The PlayBook runs on BlackBerry’s QNX tablet OS and features dual cameras, as well as microUSB and microHDMI ports. The 7-inch multitouch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600, while the tablet packs a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of system memory. 

At the time of its most recent earnings announcement, RIM claimed to have shipped 500,000 PlayBooks, though the company announced it had missed revenue targets by hundreds of millions of dollars. Earlier this month Sprint canceled the 4G version of the mobile device, though the carrier will continue to carry the Wi-Fi model of the PlayBook while concentrating on an LTE 4G tablet. 

Competition among 7-inch slates continues to increase, as Lenovo announced its IdeaPad A1 yesterday. RIM’s co-CEO, Jim Blasillie, has been quoted saying that the “PlayBook launch did not go as smoothly as planned,” so perhaps with the recent discount the company can begin to make up for lost sales.

 

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