Last week RIM reported a massive drop in profits of almost 60 per cent in the previous three months. One of the major reasons behind such poor results was the abject failure of the BlackBerry PlayBook to make a dent in the tablet market.
Now, it is being reported that RIM will try and ship its stock of PlayBooks in a fire sale, similar to the one carried out by HP following its decision to do away with the TouchPad.
The TouchPad was briefly available to savvy shoppers for the budget-busting price of just £89 – down from £399 when it was launched. Also announced at the earnings call last week was the fact that inventories more than doubled at the Canadian company, indicating that it is having a lot of trouble shifting its stock.
The PlayBook cost around the £400 mark when it was launched back in May, and considering the poor reaction it has received from all parts, we would imagine it would need to cut the price to sub-£100 if it is to be a success.
In the company’s home territory of Canada, employees of the Rogers network are being offered the tablet at half price and RIM acknowledged during last week’s earnings call that it could cut prices, though by how much and when has yet to be revealed.
Speaking of HP’s TouchPad, images have emerged of the 7in variant of the now-obsolete webOS tablet. Codenamed Opal, it was said to be just weeks from shipping when HP decided to toss it in the bin with all the other webOS hardware.
A number of units managed to make it into the wild however with a picture emerging on a Chinese forum last night.
The device appears to match-up with the one run through the FCC last month. The 7in device has the same 1,024 x 768 screen resolution and 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor as its larger sibling.
We imagine there could be a HP warehouse packed full of 7in TouchPads somewhere in the world which will never see the light of day, which is a very sad thought indeed.
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