RIM has confirmed that production of the 16GB version of the BlackBerry PlayBook has ceased. It claims the decision was made with its customers in mind.
The BlackBerry PlayBook did not have an auspicious start. Poor sales led to its £399 price being dropped to a fire sale-like £169, for the 16GB edition. RIM has now stopped production of this bottom-rung tablet, claiming that higher capacity models of the tablet offer "more value".
The 32GB PlayBook currently sells for around £200, and the 64GB edition £250. When limited app support restricts what you can do with those GBs, we're left wondering whether it's RIM or us benefiting from this "value" oriented decision.
RIM says that these higher-capacity models will continue to be produced, and that it remains "committed to the tablet space." The 16GB version of the PlayBook is still widely available online in the UK, but once stocks run out you'll have to make do with second-hand or refurb units.
If you want to use the PlayBook as a portable video player, higher-capacity versions are worth considering as the 7in tablet does not have a memory card slot, restricting you to the internal memory.