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RIM's forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be entering a highly competitive market burdened with a relatively short-life battery and minimal app store monetization, according to a research note authored by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu.
The company has made "good progress" on the device, he said, but talks with industry and supply chain sources have led him to conclude that RIM may need to re-engineer its battery to match competitors on the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with its six-hour battery life, and the iPad, with its 10-hour battery life.
Finally someone challenged the motivation of the report
Shaw Wu is nothing more than an Apple back door plant. It seems awfully funny that this comes out right before the CES. I wouldn’t trust anything he said more than I could spit. Give me a break, the Playbook has a 5300 mAh battery. This far surpasses any other tablet out there. I can’t believe how many reporting sites fell for this hogwash. It is ridiculous. The only way the battery could be run done to that length of time would be by running multiple energy demanding site such as movies, music, and videos. You need to check with the source before you publish information like this.