RIM BlackBerry Playbook Power Problems Rumor Dismissed; Entry-level Tablet to Arrive by Q1 2011

December 30, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Grapevine chatter had been churning out much about the possible delay of the RIM BlackBerry Playbook during the past couple of days. RIM, however, doesn’t want to approve of such rumors. What we had been hearing was  that the Playbook is being put on the backburner for a release some time later than expected, and the battery life was seen as the villain. RIM refuses to abide by that.

The delay news is being termed as RIM as unfounded. The company believes that the rumors could have been triggered by someone who observed battery life outside of RIM. The results could have come about because the persons who tested did so using pre-beta units that were built without power management implementation. RIM has a point there, we guess.

Going by RIM’s clarification, the company is right on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life. The tablet will of course come as a professional grade device which will boast excellent performance aided by a comparable battery life. If you would remember, the power blame was put on the dual-core processor and QNX OS the device would have under its hood.

What RIM means to say could be that the rumor mongers jumped the gun. If we go by RIM’s words, we will soon see a professional grade tablet. So we guess we will indeed get to seethe Playbook by the first quarter of 2011. Keep your $500 ready for the entry-level model.

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