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RIM Discredits Reports Surrounding BlackBerry Tablet Battery Life

December 31, 2010 by Jimmy Comments Off on RIM Discredits Reports Surrounding BlackBerry Tablet Battery Life divider image

On Tuesday, an analyst with Kaufman Bros. issued a report that claimed RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has a battery that is incapable of supporting extended usage. In the report, analyst Shaw Wu cited unnamed sources saying that the PlayBook battery lasted “only a few hours,” while other tablets, particularly the Samsung Galaxy tablet and the Apple iPad, which can operate six and ten hours respectively.

Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, fired back and rejected the claims, according to Reuters. RIM issued a statement dismissing the claims by the analyst.

“Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been preformed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented,” stated the company in an e-mailed statement.

Research in Motion went on to say that development on the battery was “on schedule” and that battery life would ultimately be comparable to it’s competition. Wu’s claims of limited battery life were accompanied by the suggestion that RiM delay their device from hitting the shelves.

Research in Motion also said that the device would be shipped as per initial expectations. The PlayBook is expected to land on shelves early in 2011, likely before the end of the first quarter.

RiM’s first tablet is already attracting a large amount of attention from both technology enthusiasts and the BlackBerry’s enormous fan base. The company promises to deliver a web browser with support for both the Flash player and HTML5.

Research in Motion and HP-Palm are both expected to become major contenders in the tablet computer industry over the next year.

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