Here’s today’s ugly tablet rumor, if you’re pinning any hopes on the upcoming PlayBook tablet from RIM (makers of Blackberry devices). According to one analyst there are serious issues with battery life for the new PlayBook – which is managing just a few hours and may be the cause of its delayed release (now not due until May of next year).
Research in Motion is unable to match the iPad’s longer battery life with its prototype PlayBook tablets, which get just a "few hours" of battery life, according to one analyst.
Analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. issued a note to investors Tuesday warning that engineering issues with the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life could be the cause of delays.
The battery issue could "require a bit of re-engineering," said Wu, and is "likely why RIMM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter."