Sunday 4 March 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook bestseller at major Canadian retailer RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook bestseller at major Canadian retailer
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is a hot item at a large national Canadian reseller this week.

 Have consumers forsaken the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Not at one large Canadian retailer.

In a tweet on Friday, RIM linked to a Future Shop tweet that cited the PlayBook as the bestselling tablet this week. Future Shop is a major Canadian reseller.
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That may have something to do with the price, of course. The 16GB PlayBook is selling for $199 in Canada, as it is in the U.S. at retailers like Best Buy.

Like Future Shop, Best Buy is also selling the 32GB model for $249.99 and the 64GB model for $299.99.

The low price isn't a new trend by any means. This has been going on since November, when RIM slashed prices $300 across the board.

And with Apple's new iPad due next week, it could be a matter of more urgency for RIM to get the PlayBook into as many hands as possible.

The PlayBook includes a 7-inch 1024x600 display, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera, a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, 1GB of system memory, and--according to Future Shop and Best Buy--is available with PlayBook Operating System 2.0.

Via Electronista

Updated at 11:10 p.m. PST: adds information about PlayBook OS 2.0 availability.
Brooke Crothers

Brooke Crothers writes about small devices and the hardware inside. He has served as editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET.

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