RIM Comitted to Tablet Space – Explains Discontinuation of 16GB Model

 BlackBerry PlayBook Models

We told you yesterday that rumors surfaced about RIM discontinuing the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook in favor of the 32GB and 64GB models. This sort of makes sense and it seems like RIM is fine with that. They confirmed to Engadget that they are no longer making the 16GB model though it will be available through distributors as it lasts. Here is their statement:

RIM will no longer be making the 16 GB model of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The 16 GB PlayBook will continue to be available for distributors and retailers while quantities last. We continue to remain committed to the tablet space and the 32 GB and 64 GB models of the BlackBerry PlayBook continue to be available from our distributors and retailers around the world.

There is more value for our customers in the higher capacity models (32 GB, 64 GB), and as such we have decided to focus our efforts here.

That last statement actually makes sense since it offers more value to users.

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  1. I agree, even though I have a 16GB PB and have heaps of spare room, I can see how it would be much more economical for RIM to make the larger models only (and perhaps even larger again than 64GB).

    However – as soon as they build a model with a working usb port, or SD card slot – then it becomes fairly moot point as to how large the device user memory is.

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