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    Friday, September 30, 2011

    Reuter site - RIM says remains committed to PlayBook tablet

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    RIM says remains committed to PlayBook tablet

    Thu, Sep 29 14:22 PM EDT

    (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion brushed off suggestions on Thursday that it would discontinue production of its PlayBook computer tablet as "pure fiction" after an analyst said the company may be considering an exit from the market.

    "Rumors suggesting that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued are pure fiction," RIM spokeswoman Marisa Conway said in an emailed statement. "RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market and the future of QNX in its platform."

    QNX is the operating system used in the PlayBook. RIM has said it will launch "superphones" next year using the QNX software to replace its aging existing phone software.

    A Collins Stewart analyst said on Thursday that RIM may have halted PlayBook production and canceled additional tablet projects.

    "We believe RIM has stopped production of its PlayBook and is actively considering exiting the tablet market," Collins Stewart semiconductor analyst John Vihn wrote in a note.

    He cited last week's news that contract manufacturer Quanta Computer had laid off a significant number of workers at a factory focused on producing the PlayBook.

    "Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIM has canceled development of additional tablet projects," Vihn wrote.

    The PlayBook has failed to make much headway in a tablet market dominated by Apple's iPad. launched a content-rich and cheaper tablet called the Kindle Fire on Wednesday.

    RIM said it shipped 500,000 PlayBooks in the last six weeks of its fiscal first quarter and another 200,000 in its full second quarter.

    A number of retailers selling the PlayBook have cut prices recently in what analysts see as a bid to push out rising inventory.

    Hewlett-Packard abandoned its TouchPad last month after just seven weeks on shelves.

    RIM shares were down 2.6 percent at $21.32 on the Nasdaq early on Thursday afternoon and are down more than 60 percent so far this year.

    (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Peter Galloway)

    Reuter site - Amazon tablet costs $209.63 to make, IHS estimates

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    Amazon tablet costs $209.63 to make, IHS estimates

    Fri, Sep 30 14:02 PM EDT

    By Alistair Barr

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's new tablet computer costs $209.63 to make, IHS iSuppli estimated on Friday, highlighting how the e-commerce giant is taking a financial hit upfront to get the device into as many hands as possible.

    Amazon's billionaire Chief Executive Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle Fire at a lower-than-expected $199 price on Wednesday.

    The launch sparked concern about a price war at the lower end of the tablet market, currently dominated by devices running on Google Inc's Android operating system from companies such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc and HTC Corp.

    IHS iSuppli said the components that go into the Kindle Fire cost $191.65. Additional manufacturing expenses bring the total cost to $209.63.

    Based on IHS iSuppli's estimates, the company may lose just under $10 on each Fire it sells. But Amazon is hoping the device encourages users to buy more products and services from the company, making up for the upfront losses.

    "The real benefit of the Kindle Fire to Amazon will not be in selling hardware or digital content. Rather, the Kindle Fire, and the content demand it stimulates, will serve to promote sales of the kinds of physical goods that comprise the majority of Amazon's business," IHS iSuppli said in a statement.

    "When further costs outside of materials and manufacturing are added in -- and the $199 price of the tablet is factored along with the expected sales of digital content per device -- Amazon is likely to generate a marginal profit of $10 on each Kindle Fire sold," the research firm added.

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