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Battery life remains critical issue on RIM PlayBook, says analyst

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Dec 2010 11:01 User comments (2)

Battery life remains critical issue on RIM PlayBook, says analyst

Kaufman Bros. analyst Shawn Wu says RIM is "making good progress" on the upcoming PlayBook tablet, however, the low battery life remains a critical issue.
Wu cites industry and supply chain sources, adding that the new QNX operating system is progressing strongly, as well.

Outside of the battery life, "app store monetization" is also an issue, notes the analyst.

Speaking about RIM's decision to work on multiple operating systems (BlackBerry OS 6 and QNX), Wu added(via PCM):"Competitive pressures will likely step up as we are also hearing Microsoft courting developers pretty aggressively with its new Windows Phone 7 platform as it attempts to catch up."

The battery life remains the main concern, which Wu claims is only "a few hours." The iPad claims 10 hours while the Galaxy Tab has over 6.



"From our understanding, this could require a bit of re-engineering," says Wu of the OS and battery life. "One possibility we are hearing is the likelihood of a larger battery which could add to the heft and weight of PlayBook."

In its current form, the PlayBook is 0.9 pounds.

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2 user comments

128.12.2010 23:12

Quote:

"From our understanding, this could require a bit of re-engineering," says Wu of the OS and battery life. "One possibility we are hearing is the likelihood of a larger battery which could add to the heft and weight of PlayBook."
Hehe...they designed it with the sole purpose of being small; that is why people are expected to sacrifice the screen size of a larger unit!

230.12.2010 01:13

Well one thing for sure it that it shouldn't be released until the battery life is a contender.

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