BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB Price Dropped To Just £129 ($200) In The UK

BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device. It was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Earlier this year, it was upgraded to the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 which delivers an enhanced tablet experience and brings improved mobile productivity along with updated BlackBerry Bridge, new apps and content.

The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. Last year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) has already reduced the price of this device in most of the countries including Canada, US, UK, India and so on. The original price of BlackBerry Playbook 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB was £399, £479 and £559 respectively. However, the price was later reduced to £169 for 16 GB, £199 for 32 GB and £329 for 64 GB.

Now, RIM has further reduced the price of BlackBerry PlayBook 64 GB variant to just £129 (approx. $200) in the UK. You heard it right! This amazing tablet is now £200 cheaper from the last price drop and £430 cheaper than the original price tag. This device is currently available for purchase at PC World, Dixons and Currys. To get this tablet, head over to this page. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, dual HD cameras (3 megapixel front facing, 5 megapixel rear facing), full HD (1080p) video recording and much more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Price And Release Date Leaked

Back in 2010, Research-In-Motion (RIM) unveiled the company’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It packs a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more. Sadly, the BlackBerry PlayBook sales were below the expectations of the company. RIM finally went ahead and slashed the price of of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by almost half in Canada, India, UK and US.

The company has also announced the 4G LTE variant of BlackBerry Playbook at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. However, it got delayed due to the failure of the original Playbook. The guys at Mobile Syrup have recently got their hands on the leaked document purportedly showing the specs and launch date of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook.

The latest variant of Playbook will feature a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, QNX 2.0 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE with HSPA+, 1 GB RAM, 4800mAh battery and so on. This tablet will be available only in 32 GB version.

According to the leaked document, the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook will go on sale from Tuesday, July 31. This tablet will be exclusively available for the Bell subscribers in Canada. The 32 GB version will come with a price tag of $550. Are you willing to but this tablet or you will go for the powerful Android tablets? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Update Now Available For Download

Last year, Research In Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It was the first device to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. The company also reduced the price of this device by 50% in most of the European, American and Asian markets, including the UK, US, Canada and India.

RIM recently announced the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 for the existing BlackBerry PlayBook owners. According to the company, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet experience and allows you to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day. Check out the complete features after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Features;

Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 comes with a unified inbox that combines all messages in one place. You will not only find emails from your personal and work accounts, but you will also find messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in the unified inbox.

Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The built-in calendar collects information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. The contact apps gets the updated information from social networking sites and create a consolidated view of contacts.

Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: The unique BlackBerry Bridge allows you to connect the BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry smartphone, including the BBM, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser, so that you can view the content on the larger display. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.

Improved mobile productivity: The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS comes with an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion for more accurate typing. It also comes with an updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app and BlackBerry Balance.

New apps and content: BlackBerry PlayBook users can now access thousands of Android apps on their BlackBerry tablet. The company also launched the new BlackBerry Video Store which will be initially available in the United States. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 also comes with enhanced web browsing capabilities.

The new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update is currently available as a free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. You will receive a notification on the PlayBook status ribbon as soon as the update is available for your device. You can also manually check for update under Software Updates in the settings menu.

BlackBerry PlayBook Price Drops To $299 In The US

Last week, Research-In-Motion (RIM) slashed the price of its first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook in India. Now, the company has dropped the price of this tablet in the US. BlackBerry PlayBook was announced in late-2010 and it was later showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

The 64 GB version of this tablet was originally priced at $699, but folks living in the US can get this device for just $299. Even the 16 GB and 32GB variant of this tablet is priced at $299. RIM has also slashed the price of BlackBerry PlayBook in the UK. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the specs after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.

Other features include microHDMI, microUSB, HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $499.00
  • 32 GB $599.00
  • 64 GB $699.00

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (US):

  • 16 GB $299.00
  • 32 GB $299.00
  • 64 GB $299.00

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £399
  • 32 GB £479
  • 64 GB £559

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (UK):

  • 16 GB £169
  • 32 GB £199
  • 64 GB £329

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing (India):

  • 16 GB Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB Rs.24,490

The BlackBerry PlayBook offer in India is extended only for a week. Folks living in the US can order this device at a discounted price till February 4, 2012. To order the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, head over to this page.

Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/ as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB Now Available In India For Just Rs.13,490

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched the much-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in India. It is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM recently reduced the price of its not-so-popular BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, by almost half in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

BlackBerry PlayBook Old Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.27,990
  • 32 GB – Rs.32,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.37,990

BlackBerry PlayBook New Pricing:

  • 16 GB – Rs.13,490
  • 32 GB – Rs.15,990
  • 64 GB – Rs.24,490

This offer is valid only till Saturday, December 31, 2011. If you are planning to buy this device, then you should hurry up, since the offer will end in just 4 days. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is also selling this device at the new reduced price. Check out the purchase links below.

BlackBerry Playbook OS Updated To Version 1.0.8.4985

Earlier this year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched its first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. This tablet comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

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RIM has recently started rolling out a new software update for its not-so-popular tablet device. The latest update is numbered 1.0.8.4985 and it brings the updated version of Adobe Flash Player, updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software, improved syncing and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Updated version of Adobe Flash Player version 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1
  • Daylight savings time updates for time zones in the regions of Latin America, Australia and Central America
  • Updated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi software to help to improve connectivity
  • Fixed issues some users were experiencing with account payments in the BlackBerry App World storefront
  • Improved syncing when restoring applications with BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • This update also includes a security update for Adobe Flash Player, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB-11-28, which addresses issues that can potentially affect any PC, tablet, or other device with an operating system that supports Adobe Flash.

This update is available only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). The size of the update is just 95 MB. You will receive a notification on the PlayBook status ribbon as soon as the update is available for your device. You can also manually check for update under Software Updatesin the settings menu. If you find some other changes after the update, please let us know in the comments section below.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS Update Pushed to 2012

If you were waiting for the PlayBook to get an update to OS2.0 before actually being useful, unfortunately you’ll have to continue waiting.

While RIM is going against all odds and continuing to provide support for the PlayBook, the shiny brick won’t be getting the expected update to OS 2.0 until February of 2012. It’s not the recently announced BBX, but it is supposed to be a fairly large upgrade for existing users. It wouldn’t be a product from Research in Motion if it didn’t ship missing crucial features, would it? Of course not, so it’s very fitting that RIM has decided to leave BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) support out of the update. That’s right, it’s going to take an additional 4 months of work before the system is polished up, but it still won’t have their proprietary instant messaging functionality. Feel free to purchase a new $500 (likely) BlackBerry to accompany your $700 PlayBook so you can use BBM with it. That’s a pretty good option, right?Maybe news of RIM doling out a couple of hundred PlayBooks loaded with OS 2.0 beta might make you feel better. Developers and any other DevCon attendees were given a new PlayBook. So, technical journalists, hobbyists and other random kids got them, but not paying customers. Members of the BlackBerry Early Access Program will also be getting closed betas of 2.0 shortly, this is mainly for tackling Enterprise support and integration.

In a post to the Inside BlackBerry Blog, Senior VP of BlackBerry PlayBook at RIM, David Smith gives a few reasons for the delay and lack of features upon launch.

First off, we have decided to defer the inclusion of the BBMâ„¢ application to a subsequent BlackBerry PlayBook OS release. We are committed to developing a seamless BBM solution that fully delivers on the powerful, push based messaging capabilities recognized today by BlackBerry ® users around the world and we’re still working on it. In the meantime, BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to continue to use BlackBerry ® Bridgeâ„¢ to securely access BlackBerry ® Messengerâ„¢ on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s high resolution display.

These betas will be rolled out over the course of this year and are an important next step to bringing our unmatched enterprise app deployment, device manageability, security and email integration capabilities to the tablet category.

There is a bit of good news in the tidbit. When OS 2.0 does pop around for download, it will bring integrated email, calendar and contacts. Your “business ready” tablet, isn’t exactly business ready at all, but it soon will be.

The software update will add advanced integrated email, calendar and contact apps, a new video store, as well as new functionality that will allow your BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook to work together even better.

Hopefully this means a few software managers at RIM got slapped with a trout and are now starting to put actual work into the PlayBook. Their half-assed Android Player isn’t going to bring any new customers, so hopefully the brand spanking new OS, BBX, will make it to smartphones by February with the new PlayBook OS in tow.

RIM Senior Product Manager Defecting To Samsung As Marketing Director

In a bizarre yet carefully calculated move, Ryan Bidan, Senior Product Manager at Research in Motion, has announced he will be leaving RIM for a position with Samsung Telecommunications America as the Director of Product Marketing. Bidan is well known for his role in the launch of the PlayBook, which is RIM’s first play into the tablet market.  While the PlayBook itself wasn’t very well received by early adopters, it’s arguable that the launch and hype behind the device was a success. With rumors of RIM selling 250,000 units in the first month, it’s definitely a positive note Ryan is leaving on.

Bidan follows what is almost a steady stream of senior suits who have recently left the company, presumably jumping ship before it’s too late. The industry knows all too well the moves that RIM is making; splitting efforts between multiple operating systems, stagnating with their hardware and design efforts, and to top it off they have internal red tape and bureaucracy that stifles creativity. These are some of the telltale signs that Nokia had before their big shakeup and partnership with Microsoft. While nobody knows where RIM is heading, we do know that RIM has previously advised they were expecting a drop in profits as well as a reduction in workforce in order to compensate for losses.

While neither Samsung nor RIM have confirmed the news, Ryan’s LinkedIn page speaks for itself, showing his past position at RIM with his current one in big bold letters. A recent tweet by @ryanbidan corroborates his LinkedIn profile position in Dallas and eludes to his relocation in the near future.

RIM Launches The BlackBerry PlayBook In India

Research in Motion (RIM) recently launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Playbook at an event in Mumbai, India. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device which was announced last year and it was showcased at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. This device comes with a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and so on. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an incredibly powerful and innovative product in the growing tablet marketplace. It’s perfect for both large organizations and individuals, and it gives users an unmatched mobile experience. With the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are stepping into a new era of mobile computing and opening up new and even more exciting opportunities for developers and content publishers with support for Adobe Flash, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5,” said Frenny Bawa, managing director, Reasearch In Motion (RIM) India.

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BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with 1024 × 600 pixels resolution, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording and so on.

Other features include HDMI video output, 1 GB RAM, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 16GB/ 32GB / 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

Blackberry Playbook comes with a price tag of Rs.27,990 for the 16 GB version, Rs.32,990 for the 32 GB version and Rs.37,990 for the 64 GB version. Are you planning to buy this device? Or waiting for the launch of HTC Flyer and Motorola Xoom? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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