RIM cuts PlayBook tablet price to £169

Research in Motion has cut the price of its QNX-powered BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the second time since launch.The 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the device is now available for £169 from Carphone Warehouse, PC World and other Dixons Store Group (DSG) outlets, such as Currys.

Research in Motion has cut the price of its QNX-powered BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the second time since launch.

The 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the device is now available for £169 from Carphone Warehouse, PC World and other Dixons Store Group (DSG) outlets, such as Currys. Larger capacity versions, 32GB and 64GB, now cost £199 and £249 respectively.

The original sale price for the different devices had been between £400 and £559, but RIM reported poor sales of the tablet.

It is the second time that RIM has reduced the price of the PlayBook in the UK. The first was in October when it took £150 off the sale price of the devices.

In November 2011, RIM slashed the price of the tablets in the US to $199 (£128) causing Best Buy to sell out of units during its 'Black Friday' event.

RIM attributed lower than expected uptake of the PlayBook to the competitive landscape of the tablet market and a delay in launching the second version of the PlayBook OS.

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