We heard rumors that the BlackBerry PlayBook was getting delayed until March 2011. Reports are coming from Kaufman Bros. analyst, Shaw Wu, claiming that his sources say the delay has been caused due to poor battery life. The BlackBerry PlayBook is currently said to have “just a few hours” worth of battery life. The competition, such as the iPad has 10 hours worth of battery life.
“[This is] likely why [RIM] pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter,” Wu said, referring to the March to May timeframe. “Keep in mind that QNX wasn’t originally designed for mobile environments but rather for devices like network equipment and automobiles where battery life isn’t as much [of] a constraint.”
Shaw Wu was also pessimistic on how well the PlayBook might do. Wu believes RIM is making “good progress” with QNX and the PlayBook, but feels there is “simply not enough apps or users” from App World to make it a success. Wu believes RIM will sell only 700,000 PlayBooks in 2011.
If RIM can’t fix the battery life issue, will this impact your decision to purchase it? Would it matter if the PlayBook was heavier to support a larger battery?