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
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.
Via: This is my next