BlackBerry has been selling the PlayBook tablet devices for the discounted price of $199 for quite some time now in North American markets though the same in India continued with the rather high Rs. 27,000 price tag. However, if that has been holding you from buying the otherwise superb tablet device, well your time starts now. For the PlayBook has just been given a heavy price cut — to the tune of Rs. 12,500 — so its just Rs. 13,490 that can fetch you a brand new PlayBook. Also, that’s the price for the base 16 GB version of the tablet while its 32 and 64 GB versions will set one back Rs.15,990 and Rs.24,490 respectively. Also, as it is with all good things, there is a rider attached in that the offer is valid till just the end of this year. So you have time till 31st Dec to go for the BlackBerry PlayBook at a price that’s normally reserved for budget tablets in India. The same even a day ago had been selling for Rs. 27,990, Rs 32,990 and Rs 37,990 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. From 2012, these prices will come into effect once again which means less than 72 hours to go for the PlayBook.
Also, if you need a quick refresher, the PlayBook comes with a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 7 inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touch screen display capable of multi-touch and gesture support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual cameras along with microHDMI and microUSB ports. However, while all of the above is good, what is not is the tablet’s BlackBerry OS which has proved to be its weakest link so far. RIM though has said it is making amends so that a remedy in the form of PlayBook update 2.0 should be available withing February itself.
What this means is that making use of the discounted price can make perfect sense in the meantime.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email