We have some bad news regarding the BlackBerry PlayBook release date. According to a Kaufman Brothers report the Canadian manufacturer RIM is postponing the launch of the device by three months. Thus, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in May, to everyone’s disappointment.
The reason because the BlackBerry PlayBook release date got thrown back is the QNX operating system on which the BlackBerry PlayBook runs. It turned out that the OS is quite the muncher when it comes to battery life, halving the expected juice to only a few hours and this is a very bad thing when thinking about the serious competition from the Apple iPad ( which sports 10 hours of battery life ) or the Samsung Galaxy Tab ( with six hours ).
So no matter if people are disappointed with the postponing of the BlackBerry PlayBook release date, if it would have been launched as scheduled, I’m sure the disappointment would have skyrocketed because of the little battery life that the BlackBerry PlayBook currently has.
Another thing to take into account now that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be arriving later is the tougher competition that will be taking over the market in the next couple of months and we’re talking here about the new Apple iPad 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 just to name a couple.
Still, the BlackBerry PlayBook with its two HD cameras, 7-inch display, wireless, Bluetooth and HDMI has a fighting chance especially since it could probably be the first tablet to be featuring a width that’s less than 10mm, not to mention the flexible software platform, assuming of course that RIM will properly take care of the OS and its hunger for juice.
Returning to RIM, the manufacturer actually stated that the BlackBerry PlayBook is on track for optimization regarding its battery life, although it failed to actually supply a deadline for the issue.
All in all, it should be interesting to see what the guys at RIM could have in store for the BlackBerry PlayBook in regards to the competition at CES 2011, as they will have some time to get a feel for what should be added or discarded to their own model. And taking in account the number of devices to be launched, 2011 will rightly be called the year of the tablet.
Cheers to the guys at Free PC Guides for supplying us the news about the BlackBerry PlayBook release date.