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RIM trims PlayBook line-up with 16GB version purge

Research In Motion has stopped making the cheapest version of its PlayBook tablet, a less successful rival to the iPad and to Android tablets.RIM has said it will no longer produce the 16GB version of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
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Research In Motion has stopped making the cheapest version of its PlayBook tablet, a less successful rival to the iPad and to Android tablets.

BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM has said it will no longer produce the 16GB version of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Image credit: Ben Woods

The 16GB version of the PlayBook will no longer be produced, RIM said on Thursday, although it added that it remains "committed to the tablet space" and would keep making the 32GB and 64GB variants of the device.

At the moment, the 16GB PlayBook costs less than £200 on Amazon UK. That price — low for a tablet carrying a well-known brand — is the result of massive price cuts that RIM instituted last November, in a bid to revive the poorly-selling tablet.

However, IDC figures for the fourth quarter of last year showed the PlayBook as having less than one-percent share of the global tablet market.

The PlayBook app store is still much less populated than those for the iPad and Android, despite a recent push by RIM to spruce the device up with a major operating system update.

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