Blackberry PlayBook Battery Life Update
Remember lately we heard that Research in Motion’s iPad competitor, the Blackberry Playbook, was delayed due to issues relating to its supposedly poor battery life. But now RIM strikes back clarifying the situation through a communiqué sent to Erictric which reads:
“Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented. RIM is on track with its
schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life.”
Hence RIM denied any such rumors about its battery life and said in an e-mail, according to Reuters, that no claims (pointing to Wu’s claims), should be taken seriously because the device isn’t finished yet.
The rumors started off a couple of days ago, when Kaufman Bros analyst Shawn Wu dismissed the Playbook’s battery life, saying it lasted just “a few hours” before completely shutting down. That would put it way behind the iPad’s 10 hour battery life, and even worse than the Samsung Galaxy tab. As expected, RIM wasn’t really happy with the way Wu’s comments spread around like wildfire and came out to defend its product. But I think instead of defending themselves, they should do something with the QNX, the new operating system used in PlayBook, which is causing battery problem.