RIM Discontinues Low-End PlayBook

RIM’s poor attempt at a tablet hasn’t done well. The iPad continues to dominate, and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble Android variants seem to be taking up whatever market share is left. Today comes the news that the 16 GB model of the PlayBook is officially discontinued.

RIM will no longer be making the 16 GB model of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The 16 GB PlayBook will continue to be available for distributors and retailers while quantities last. We continue to remain committed to the tablet space and the 32 GB and 64 GB models of the BlackBerry PlayBook continue to be available from our distributors and retailers around the world. There is more value for our customers in the higher capacity models (32 GB, 64 GB), and as such we have decided to focus our efforts here.

That’s an interesting spin, certainly. It does make me wonder if they just happen to have a lot of 32 GB and 64 GB stock sitting around, and they’re just waiting for those to sell before they either can the product or release another attempt at a tablet.

We’re not surprised to see this, and you probably shouldn’t invest in a PlayBook. Just go buy an iPad.

Source: RIM PR via Engadget
Image Credit: Paul Holloway

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