Research In Motion, makers of BlackBerry phones, has confirmed that production of the 16GB version of the PlayBook Tablet has been cancelled with immediate effect.
Released in April last year, the BlackBerry Playbook was met with mixed reaction – although the company announced in March that it had sold more than a million units.
Following the latest development, the Tablet is now available in 32GB and 64GB capacities.
“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,” RIM said in a statement to Engadget.
But the company was quick to reaffirm that they are still competitive in the tablet market, even though RIM might have to write off over $1-billion in unsold stock. “We continue to remain committed to the tablet space and the 32GB and 64GB models of the BlackBerry PlayBook continue to be available from our distributors and retailers around the world,” they added.
RIM concluded by saying customers will get more value for money by buying the bigger memory units. “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.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor