New reports out this weekend dictate that Research In Motion (RIM) has begun recalling some of their BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. The recall affects nearly 1,000 PlayBook tablets, which have been labeled as ‘faulty’ and require immediate action. The total number is 935, or at least that is how many serial numbers have been released so far as recalled units.
All of the info and serial numbers are for PlayBook tablets sold through retail chain Staples, remember Staples was one of the twelve retailers in the US that had been announced by RIM as official retailers for the PlayBook. Engadget has been able to obtain the full list of 935 serial numbers available for your reference here.
RIM has not made any official statements regarding the specific fault seen in the recalled units. However as the Internet is nowadays some are stating the recall is for units that had issues where the batter once completely drained could not be re-charged using the provided charger, but without official word from RIM take that reason as a unsubstantiated speculation.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet released by RIM, it has a 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600) touchscreen runs BlackBerry Tablet OS and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. The tablet was launched in Canada and the US for the very first time in early April 2011; three model choices were made available a $499 16GB Wi-Fi only, a $599 32GB Wi-Fi only, and a $699 64GB Wi-Fi only.
Update: RIM has reached out to BlackBerry fan site Crackberry.com and told editors the recall of those 935 units was due to them featuring a faulty build of the OS (BlackBerry Tablet OS which is based on QNX).