RIM shuts down production of 16 GB Blackberry Playbook

The troubled life of the Blackberry Playbook tablet has taken yet another turn. Research in Motion, in a statement to AllThingsD.com, confirms that it will no longer make the 16 GB version of the Playbook.

RIM's statement says, "There is more value for our customers in the higher-capacity models (32GB, 64GB), and as such we have decided to focus our efforts here." RIM said that the 16 GB version will still be available to purchase until its inventory runs out.

Launched over a year ago, the seven inch Playbook has never been a success in terms of both sales and in reviews. Several months ago, RIM said that it would take a $485 million charge due to all of its unsold Playbooks.

Unlike HP, which quickly cancelled its its own WebOS based TouchPad tablet after it was clear no one was buying them, RIM has stuck it out with the Playbook. In fact, the company has announced that a version of the tablet with 4G wireless support would be released sometime this fall. It has also announced that owners of the Playbook would get a software upgrade to RIM's Blackberry 10 OS when that software is released later this year.

Source: AllThingsD.com

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Facebook app center launches

Next Story

Windows RT shown running on Texas Instruments-based tablet

18 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

They seriously need to go ahead and give it up. It's too late to save the company and their products. They need to sell RIM.

Scorbing said,
They seriously need to go ahead and give it up. It's too late to save the company and their products. They need to sell RIM.
the product isn't bad if anything it's a nice one. Problem is they started wrong when lunched. Now there on a good track. Just a matter of time developers jump in.

Scorbing said,
They seriously need to go ahead and give it up. It's too late to save the company and their products. They need to sell RIM.

And Zuckerberg is going to by it... for a billion dollars.

eKoDaniel said,
the product isn't bad if anything it's a nice one. Problem is they started wrong when lunched. Now there on a good track. Just a matter of time developers jump in.

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

That is true with bb10 it looks promising to better features

Scorbing said,

I have a 16GB Playbook and to be honest, I like it. The hardware is there, but the OS sucks. They need to make it better. The question is: Will the new OS make it through the tunnel? or will RIM sink forever?

The OS sucks? How does it suck? Real multitasking and easy app switching. No home button or sleep button needed. The OS is way better then the crap that is iOS or Android and I have all 3.

matt4pack said,

The OS sucks? How does it suck? Real multitasking and easy app switching. No home button or sleep button needed. The OS is way better then the crap that is iOS or Android and I have all 3.

I am not sure I quite understand why u like it the most.can u give more details?

And so we shall see another dive in their stock tomorrow morning when the markets open. Can't these idiots do anything right?

-=MagMan=- said,
And so we shall see another dive in their stock tomorrow morning when the markets open. Can't these idiots do anything right?

At least they see that the 32gb 64gb being used more. When you think of movies games and photos and music. There not being idiots. There saving up. Who knows they may make a 64gb. So there not being idiots. There doing something right