With RIM eagerly prepping for a first quarter release of the new BlackBerry PlayBook (many expect it to ship the U.S. beginning in March), many are wondering aloud if RIM’s battery life will be comparable to the 10-hr battery life of it’s main competitor, Apple’s uber-popular iPad. To that query, senior product lead Ryan Bidan urged those in attendance at a recent presentation in Boston not to worry. “We’ll have good battery life,” he said. “Don’t worry about the battery life.”
What exactly does ‘good battery life‘ mean to RIM? When pressed specifically as to whether 8 hours of run-time could be expected from the Playbook’s 5,300-milliamp-hour battery, Bidan said the goal for the BlackBerry Playbook is “to get a full day.”
Take it as you will, but at the very least we can expect the PlayBook battery to be competitive with that of the iPad. If not, RIM would be making what is an already uphill battle that much more difficult.
Here is RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis diving deeper into the PlayBook, as well as touching on the current challenges facing the company-