BlackBerry Playbook Price Drops To £357

Amazon has chopped the price of the BlackBerry Playbook’s 16GB version by nearly £45

Research In Motion (RIM)’s highly-anticipated tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, has seen its price slashed prior to its UK launch on 16 June.

According to a report on ITProPortal, the 16GB model of RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook tablet is now available for £357 at DigiGood, an Amazon retailer. The discounted price is £43 cheaper than its suggested retail price of £399.

On Tuesday, Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Insight UK and Phones4u  announced it will be selling the Playbook as soon as it arrives in the country on 16 June, with price tags ranging from £399 to £479 and £559 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version respectively.

Not enough apps for BlackBerry Playbook

Although intended to compete with Apple’s iPad 2 in the tablet arena, RIM’s Playbook tablet may find it hard to grab a slice of the market, given its limited number of applications, compared to Apple’s and Google’s.

Along with RIM’s recall of nearly 1,000 faulty tablets, the Playbook’s notorious battery problem, which limits the usage to only four hours, has also dampened the manufacturer’s hope of attracting business users with the device’s enterprise-centric features.

Aside from its battery, however, the BlackBerry Playbook is expected to impress professionals with “out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise server”, corporate data access, and “seamless pairing for a secure window into your BlackBerry smartphone,” according to RIM.

The flagship slate also sports a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen display, a 3-megapixel HD front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel HD rear model.

Apart from a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Playbook also offers a 1GB RAM, and micro USB as well as micro HDMI ports.