Research in Motion recalls 1,000 faulty Playbook tablets

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Research in Motion recalls 1,000 faulty Playbook tablets

Warwick Ashford

Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been forced to recall around 1,000 Playbook tablets sent out with faulty operating systems.

Research in Motion's flawed operating system build may have prevented users from performing the initial setup of the device, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In a statement, RIM said most affected devices are still in the distribution channel and have not reached customers. RIM said it is working to replace the affected tablets.

The Engadget blog reported on Saturday the faulty batch was shipped to office supply chain Staples, according to Reuters.

RIM is banking on the Playbook tablet to boost the company's profile and revenue. However, the device met with poor reviews on launch and complaints it was rushed out before it was ready.

In January, a former RIM corporate development and M&A employee, Raymond Reddy, claimed RIM was having difficulty porting the Blackberry smartphone interface to the Playbook's QNX operating system.


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