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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45 Comments

  1. I really do wish RIM the best. And I was hoping to get my hands on a playbook.But they seem to just be digging themselves a deeper hole with their hyperbole. I love their email client, but that’s all they got.

  2. What’s wrong with you, man? This is solid news, pure and simple . . . especially when it comes to RIM blowhards who go out of their way–OUT OF THEIR WAY–to brag about their new “PlayBook” and how far ahead of the iPad it is in every way.

    Does this kind of unmitigated hubris not gall you to your core? Someone comes up to you, slams your kids, your job, your house, your car, your wife, ad infinitum, and you say NOTHING when it is revealed that he’s a braggadocious, lying ass in every way?

    Wow. Your cheeks must be red and raw from turning them so much!

  3. @ BiteanAAPL
    Excuse me, but that’s MDN’s job, the rooting part. If you were a fanboy you wouldn’t have called yourself one. Now go back to your Windows or RIM site.

  4. One, take Shaw Wu’s analysis with a grain of salt, as he’s been wrong before.

    Two, the big question surrounding the PlayBook has always been battery life. We know it’s got a dual-core chip, and it runs Adobe Air, so it must be using alot of juice, but the weight of the device seems normal for a 7″ screen. So, short battery life was always a concern.

    Three, this also explains why QNX is not coming to BB phones for a while. Not only does QNX require a dual-core chip, but they need a chip that isn’t going to be crippled by weak battery life.

  5. The iPad’s battery life is amazing. My wife’s new one was booted up on Christmas Eve and had the crap ran out of it all weekend. Didn’t recharge it until late Sunday night when it was down to 8%. And, I didn’t realize until Monday night that over 30 apps were still open. These other companies are going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to beat Apple.

  6. To reverse the quote from Palm’s former CEO, this is what Apple might say…

    “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent computer. The phone guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

    An iPad is a “computer,” not a glorified pager. Apple scaled down a full-sized computer to create iPhone and iPad. RIM and the Android bunch are scaling up a PDA to create a big PDA.

  7. Android tablets may be competitive until Apple finally wins some patent cases. I think HP with WebOS has a chance too. Seems like they are taking their time to get it right. MS still has enough users to give it a chance if they can pull off an OS even 1/2 as good as the iPad. I don’t think, however, that RIM has the chops to make a decent tablet. They can barely make a smartphone.

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