New rumors are floating around the internet that RIM might be delaying the early Q1 launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook due to poor battery performance. The rumor comes from Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu, who says RIM may delay the PlayBook due to poor battery life when compared to other tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad. The analyst went on to say that RIM might delay the PlayBook into Q2 2011 to get the issue fixed up, but we certainty hope this isn’t the case.
The PlayBook is currently being powered by a massive 5300mAh battery, which we hoped would give you extended battery life to last at least a full work day. Rumors indict that the battery issues stem from QNX’s operating system being taken outside its natural environment.
We should mention that there has been no official word from RIM on this matter yet. What are your thoughts? Do you want the PlayBook now, or wait for a longer battery life?