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RIM has stopped making the 16 GB version of its PlayBook tablet, Engadget has learned. The 32 GB and 64 GB models will remain available.The report was backed up by the following statement from RIM:
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.
The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The PlayBook was trashed by reviewers when it launched more than a year ago. Sales were so bad that RIM had to drop the price several times. It also took RIM about 10 months to issue an update that allowed the PlayBook to access email and calendars.