RIM cans 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

Ben Kersey - Jun 7, 2012, 8:00am CDT
RIM cans 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

Say what you will about RIM’s tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, but it does have its audience. Reports have been coming in across the internet that the 16GB model of the PlayBook has become increasingly hard to find, with only existing stock remaining and no new 16GB models due to hit shelves. RIM has now confirmed the move in a statement to Engadget, saying that the 32GB and 64GB models represent better value.

Here’s the full statement from RIM:

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.

There you have it. RIM say that the 32 and 64GB models represent better value for customers and will focus efforts on those two models instead. Still, the speculation machine was in full swing before the statement, with some believing that RIM was ditching the 16GB model due to a lower profit margin.

RIM doesn’t seem to be abandoning the tablet entirely either. The company has previously said that the PlayBook will receive an update to BlackBerry 10 when it’s made available later this year, and that the adoption rate for OS 2.0 has been high.

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6 Responses to RIM cans 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

  1. i do not see the 32 or 64 being the value. $199 for a Playbook was pushimg it for a tablet with no clear advantage over its competitors except for linking with Blackberry phones. i have a 64 and gave up on it since the Playbook is now the only tablet on the market that officiallt does ot support mobile wifi, mifi cards. i guess Playbook is only made for home use or tehethering with other Blackberrys. doesn’t play nice with other wifi connections on the road.

      • Yes, people tend to confuse not providing tech support for non-RIM products with not working with those products at all.

        The Playbook will work with most WiFi networks, some individual setups may just have issues but people have gotten the Playbook to work with MiFi.

    • It works with phone tethers but none of the novatel MiFi cards are supported. This is “official” from RIM. As far as I know, the playbook is the only tablet on the pl eifi connection that is offocially “unsupported”..

    • No clear advantage? Better security, better multi-tasking, convenient gesture controls most others don’t provide, supports Flash better than pretty much all the rest of the mobile devices out there, scores better on HTML5 benchmarks than even the iPad or the new Chrome Beta…

      Not bad for a device that’s over a year old now…

      While $200 tablets tend to be limited, sure the Amazon Kindle Fire is generally cheaper but it’s also a much more stripped down tablet that doesn’t even have a physical volume button. Also Amazon doesn’t really charge for the hardware profits like pretty much everyone else does. So comparisons are a stretch to begin with them.

      You really would be lucky to get something of the PB’s class for less than $300. So it’s still a good deal for the price.

      While MiFi can work with the Playbook, RIM just doesn’t provide Tech Support if you have a issue with your MiFi.

  2. I bought my 32GB playbook for $150 during a promotion.
    Best $150 i have spent in a long time.
    Of all the tablets i have, the playbook is my favorite.

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