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Rumors on the Delay of BlackBerry PlayBook

December 29th, 2010

01A couple of weeks ago, RIM wrapped up their BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Webcast series without mentioning battery performance. Recently, we heard rumors that RIM might be delaying the early Q1 launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook due to battery life issues. The rumor comes from Kaufman Brothers analyst, Shaw Wu, who claimed that the delay was due to the poor battery life by comparison with other tablets, such as the iPad that has 10 Hrs worth of battery life, but the BlackBerry PlayBook is said to have “just a few hours” worth of battery life. Shaw Wu said that RIM might delay the launch of PlayBook to May 2011 to get the issue fixed.

Currently, there is still no official word from RIM on this matter. Anyway, we hope that RIM can fix the battery life issue as soon as possible and give us a longer battery life if it is true. What are you thinking? Do you want the PlayBook now? Would it matter if the battery doesn’t last as longer as you suppose? Will the poor battery performance influence your decision on purchasing the PlayBook?