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BlackBerry PlayBook struggles with battery issues

Tablet may need to be re-engineered according to analyst

BlackBerry PlayBook struggles with battery issues
According to Kaufman Brothers' analyst, Shaw Wu, the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook is struggling with battery life.

Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu has said that Research In Motion may need to re-engineer its BlackBerry Playbook tablet to improve its battery life, according to Bloomberg. The Playbook is due to be released in 2011.

Applications developers for the PlayBook have said the device has a battery time of two to four hours, according to Wu. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a six-hour battery life, while the Apple iPad has a battery life of ten hours.

"One possibility we are hearing is the likelihood of a larger battery which could add to the heft and weight of PlayBook," Wu, who is based in San Francisco, wrote today in a note to clients. "We are not convinced that tablets outside of the iPad will see high-volume success."

Wu has also raised concerns over app store monetisation. Apple is the only store where developers can count on revenue, while Android "suffers from piracy and inconsistency".

Wu said that the BlackBerry App World does not have enough apps yet, with approximately 15,000, or users.

Wu has estimated that RIM will ship around 700,000 PlayBooks next year, while other analysts have predicted up to one million shipments.

RIM has announced that the PlayBook measures 5.1 inches by 7.6 inches by 0.4 inches and weighs 0.9 pounds. The PalyBook has a 1024-by-600 multitouch capacitive display, designed around a dual-core, 1-GHz Cortex A9 microprocessor with one gigabyte of RAM.

The tablet will run QNX's mobile operating system, as well as HTML5 and Flash 10.1, with native hardware support to accelerate  apps further.

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