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RIM begins modest BlackBerry PlayBook production

RIM begins modest BlackBerry PlayBook production

Looks like RIM is playing it cautious with the PlayBook as the company needs the tablet to succeed to stay relevant.  Production of the PlayBook tablet is between 150,000-200,000 a month from Quanta’s plant in Taiwan, with shipments ready as early as February.  Sources say that RIM is building the PlayBook exclusively in Taiwan so white-box makers in China won’t be able to copy the tablet, while also protecting its security specifications.

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BlackBerry PlayBook is a Great Standalone Tablet, RIM Senior Product Manager Says

BlackBerry PlayBook is a Great Standalone Tablet, RIM Senior Product Manager Says

As far as tablets go, not many of them have been designed to be an out-right extension of a smaller device, like a smartphone. Many manufacturers have brought them to market to stand as their own device, unhindered by the necessity of being tethered to another device to have primary functions. For the BlackBerry PlayBook, the first tablet device from Research In Motion (RIM), one of the major complaints about the device is the requirement that it be connected to a BlackBerry smartphone for some features to function.

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RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM has blamed absent power management systems for any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet power issues, claiming that third-party testing would have been looking at pre-beta units without the necessary software. The statement, passed to Erictric, comes on the heals of suggestions by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu that the PlayBook can only manage "a few hours" of runtime and that issues with prolonging usage have delayed the slate's release.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

BlackBerry PlayBook Could be Delayed Due to Battery Issues

Despite not having a firm release date quite yet, it looks like Research In Motion's first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook, might be looking at a few delays. According to analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., a significant issue with the battery may be causing RIM to look at delaying the tablet. Wu has heard this from sources close to the matter. As of right now, in its current state, it looks like the PlayBook can only manage a "few hours," and against the major competition which can manage between 6 and 10 hours of battery life, that's simply not good enough.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB confirmed, plus 5,300mAh battery [Video]

BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB confirmed, plus 5,300mAh battery [Video]

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet won't be reaching the market until 2011, but the company has shared a few more hardware details at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) this week.  According to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie, the PlayBook will be available in a 64GB version as well as the 16GB and 32GB models already confirmed, and use a 5,300 mAh battery.

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BlackBerry Storm 3 not dead after all? Three models tipped; PlayBook 2 in 2H 2011?

BlackBerry Storm 3 not dead after all? Three models tipped; PlayBook 2 in 2H 2011?

Talk of the BlackBerry Storm 3's cancellation may have been premature, according to analysts Jefferies & Co., who blame multiple SKUs of the third-generation touchscreen smartphone for the confusion.  They claim RIM was working on three BlackBerry Storm 3 devices, a haptic touch model that has indeed been cancelled, a non-haptic version "with similar thickness, more memory, and [BlackBerry 6]" which is still on course for a release by the end of November, and then a Storm 3 with a "new iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer," that could run QNX.

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