BlackBerry PlayBook bestseller at major Canadian retailer

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

BlackBerry tablet is now available with PlayBook OS 2.0.
BlackBerry tablet is now available with PlayBook OS 2.0. RIM

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.

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.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an 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.


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