Is RIM's PlayBook being phased out to make way for a new tablet?
RIM's PlayBook hasn't had the easiest life. Launched to lukewarm reviews in April of 2011, the device didn't fly off the shelves as fast as RIM hoped. This was evidenced by the hefty price cuts the tablet has seen around the world over the last few months. However, if you haven't yet snagged one, you might want to do it soon, as word on the street is that the PlayBook is getting pretty hard to find. At least online.
ComputerWorld reports that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, RadioShack and Staples no longer have the PlayBook listed on the online stores. Canada's Future Shop and Best Buy are both sold out of the 16GB and 64GB models (and are selling off the 32GB models at a discounted price). If you want, you can grab the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB at a heavy discount from Amazon.
Whether or not this means there's a new PlayBook on the way remains to be seen. Computerworld cites Bob O'Donnell, program vice president for clients and displays at IDC, as saying he doesn't think RIM is ready to give up on the market just yet. However, the company just recently released a 4G version of the tablet in Canada and it seems shortsighted to update the current PlayBook for 4G networks if there's another PlayBook on the way.