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Sony, BlackBerry Tablet Prices Slashed In Downward Trend

Submitted by on January 5, 2012 – 11:02 am4 Comments

Signaling both the post-holiday sales and a general need to compete with bargain tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Sony has reduced prices on all of their S series tablets by $100. Meanwhile, BlackBerry maker RIM has cut prices for all PlayBooks in its online store, regardless of memory size, to $299, up to a $400 discount.

The saled-priced Sony tablets are $400 for 16GB, or $500 for 32GB. Android OS tablets can go for as low as the Lenovo Ideapad K1, retailing for $319 at Best Buy before it sold out.

The BlackBerry PlayBook seems to be the biggest deal of all. Like HP during its firesale of TouchPad’s at $99 each (both in August and just last month), RIM seems desperate to unload any Playbooks that it can, as the company had to write off $485 million worth of the unsold devices in December. And as PC Magazine points out, rumors are circulating that RIM will soon replace their current co-CEOs, making for even more instability.

However, the Kindle Fire is still going for it’s original price of $199, and demand seems to be strong, even possibly pulling some consumers away from the iPad 2. But the Apple juggernaut remains untouchable, selling for $499-$829.

What do you think? Are the Sony and BlackBerry tablets worth their new discounted prices?

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