Blackberry Drops Price Of Playbook

After Amazon announced a new tablet computer called the Kindle Fire earlier this week, RIM has dropped the price on its tablet computer called the Playbook.

The Playbook with 16G is now $299 at BestBuy, a drop in price from $499, the 32GB version is $399, down from $599 and the 64GB version is now $499, down from $699.

There is speculation that RIM, the company that makes Blackberry, will be getting out of the tablet market. USA Today has more: “‘We believe RIM has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market,’ Collins Stewart tech analyst John Vinh said in a report. The chip analyst said manufacturer Quanta had laid off a ‘significant number’ of workers from a factory that produces RIM’s PlayBook.”

RIM denies these speculations and told USA Today that the company “remains highly committed to the tablet market.” Still it will be hard to compete with Amazon’s offering.