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(Pocket-lint) - Update: The original post below went live on Monday - we now have official confirmation of the device from RIM with  James Poulton, director, Advanced Accessories saying: "Whether you’re typing email, creating documents, surfing the web or using other apps, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and its integrated carrying case is an ideal accessory"

Original story...

There are plenty of unofficial keyboards floating around for the BlackBerry PlayBook but it seems as if we're about to be treated to some official RIM-action when it comes to QWERTY-based fun.

The PlayBook Mini Keyboard, which also doubles as a "convertible" case, has been uncovered and will hit the shops for £80.

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The Mini Keyboard has a laptop style touchpad, with left and right mouse-style clicks, lasts 30 days on a single charge and packs 128bit encryption for its wireless connection with your BB tablet. It measures in at 219 x 58 x 154mm.

The PlayBook hasn't exactly set the market alight until now. In January, RIM cut its price amid reports of poor sales. Back in September it was revealed that the Canadian company was struggling with sales of the 7-incher, with just 200,000 shipped to shops in the previous quarter. The following month the phone giant took action by offering free PlayBooks in the US and Canada with a buy two get one free deal.

Research in Motion will no doubt be praying that the QWERTY action will be another oar to help to steady the sinking PlayBook ship following the OS 2.0 release.

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And take a look-see at How to turn your BlackBerry Playbook into a Kindle Fire

Writing by Paul Lamkin. Originally published on 16 April 2013.