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RIM maintains PlayBook battery will last 'all day'

updated 01:45 pm EST, Thu January 13, 2011

RIM reassures on BlackBerry PlayBook battery

RIM during a business presentation in Boston on Thursday took steps to reassure those gathered about the battery life of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Once again hoping to ease doubts about longevity, senior product lead Ryan Bidan said the audience didn't have to worry about how long the battery would last. The goal was still officially to get eight hours, or about a "full day" of use.

The battery, only some of whose details were mentioned early on, is extremely capacious for the tablet's size at 5,300mAH. The capacity is roughly a third larger than that of the battery on the Galaxy Tab even though RIM's device is competitive in thickness and overall size. To reach the capacity, though, RIM has broken with a long tradition of insisting on removable batteries and has sealed in the pack to get as much internal space as possible.

RIM faces a major challenge since it has to get close to the iPad's well-known 10 hours of battery life in a smaller shape and while upgrading the performance with a dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4430 chip and 1GB of RAM.

Along with Bidan's remarks, RIM vice president Alec Taylor promised that RIM wouldn't have a quiet PlayBook launch and intended to publicize it as much as possible. Most expect it to ship in at least the US in March and to reach other key regions weeks later. He didn't detail plans but promised it wouldn't be a traditional, low-scale RIM launch.

"The magnitude will be commensurate with the opportunity," Taylor said. [via AllThingsD]



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  1. bjojade

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    +4

    No removable battery??

    How will this survive in the market? People will never buy into this idea...... Oh, wait.

  1. dliup

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    hours?

    So they have "made" a product but cannot test how many hours the battery lasts?

  1. slapppy

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    +5

    In order words...

    We're still trying to figure out how Apple is doing it...

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Smells Like Ballmer ...

    ... at CES 2010 when he flashed and stashed some HP tablet thing:

    “This great little PC — which will be available later this year — I think many customers are going to be very excited about."

    Very reassuring he was too. (Totally cored Apple, didn't it?) So you just know RIM will meet their battery life goal because Mr. Bidet says so.

  1. testudo

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    Re: hours?

    So they have "made" a product but cannot test how many hours the battery lasts?

    Who says they haven't tested it? They said it will last 'all day'.

    And these 'lifespans' are meaningless anyway, since it all completely depends on how you use the device. If you're playing HD video on the thing, it will last far less than if you're reading some book.

  1. dliup

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    @testudo

    Reading comprehension FAIL.

    8 hours / full day use is THEIR GOAL, not reality.

    WSJ: Asked whether RIM is still aiming for eight hours of battery life, as it claimed at CES, Bidan said, “That is the case–our goal is to get a full day.”

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Go To Soccer Practice, Testy ...

    ... that way you can pick up on GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

    Plus, eight hours is their OFFICIAL goal - who's to say their UNofficial goal at the moment isn't to get twenty-fours? Or - more likely - two hours?

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