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RIM: No problems with Blackberry PlayBook battery

updated 05:55 am EST, Thu December 30, 2010

Any issues only with pre-beta units

RIM has issued a statement in an attempt to stymie reports that its forthcoming flagship PlayBook tablet is facing possible delays due to issues with its battery. Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu made the claims and said that the issues revolved around RIM's use of the QNX OS, which was not originally optimized for tablet devices. RIM's statement refutes these claims and insists that any issues that might have been detected are only in non-optimized, pre-beta devices.

"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," the company said. "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."

Based on RIM's statement, the Blackberry Playbook can still be expected to ship by sometime between February and March.



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  1. Foe Hammer

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    But If You Have Big Hands ...

    Don't death-grip it.

    "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."

    Comparable to what? In the same way that a Blackberry is comparable to an iPhone or a Droid?

  1. testudo

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    right...

    And there's no problem with reception on the iPhone 4.

  1. 001

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    Still the wrong way about it

    What caught my attention the most was the following quote:
    "RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook's battery life"

    Which, to me, means they are going about it wrong. RIM created a tablet that does what they want and are then trying to rein in battery consumption. IMO, the way to go about it is to be mindful of power-consumption on the front-end and design around it.

    Here's a prediction: The playbook is gonna have S***** battery life.

  1. 001

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    fresh-faced recruit?

    damn, @testudo, you joined in 2001 and you're still a fresh faced recruit?

    And I joined a long-a** time ago but the sidebar is claiming I joined only this month?

    HTF does MacNN handle comments and can you motherfuckers fix it? :)
    (And while you're at it I think you could use a different character-encoding scheme, the board seems to freak out over unicode)

    Thank you and goodnight.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    right you are, Testy ...

    And there's no problem with reception on the iPhone 4.

    According to the latest statistics, there's no reception problem at all. The iPhone 4 was and is continuing to be very well received.

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