Analyst: RIM may be forced to delay BlackBerry Playbook tablet due to poor battery life

ZaggMate“If Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook is to succeed at market the way the company hopes, there are a few engineering hurdles to overcome,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “The most significant, according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, is the device’s relatively poor battery life.”

“Sources tell him the tablet currently lasts just a few hours per charge, compared with rivals like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which lasts about six, and the iPad, which lasts upward of 10,” Paczkowski reports. “If true, that’s an untenable situation for RIM, which really needs to hit the mark with the PlayBook, and it may cause a delay of the launch–if only for a bit. ‘From our understanding, this [is] likely why RIMM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter,’ Wu writes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Dead Company Walking.


  1. From what I understand, Apple helped develop the battery technology they are using. They didn’t just go to the Sanyo battery store and just pick out some AA’s. This stuff is not for the faint of heart.

  2. Apple’s learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent pad. Phone guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.

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  3. AND the only reason Samsung is in any kind of shape to come in a distant second (works for sandisk on fake ipods) is that Apple taught them how.

    My guess is that Apple is finding new chip fabs that do not say Samsung on the building.

  4. It’s disgusting how MDN roots out critical comments made on the web about potentially competitive products.

    I’m an apple fanboy for sure, but sheesh! Give it a rest, MDN.

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