BlackBerry Colt to be a full touchscreen device with a dual-core processor and no LTE?
So what can we expect to see on the BlackBerry Colt? According to Crackberry, the device will be a full touchscreen device with no trackpad aboard. This might be surprising to those whom expected the iconic BlackBerry keyboard to grace RIM's first Superphone, but remember that the goal here is for RIM to compete with the Apple iPhone and Android Superphones. And to that end, the BlackBerry Colt will have a dual-core processor under the hood. While the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 is equipped with a 3.7 inch screen-the largest in the history of BlackBerry-RIM is probably going to have to take the Colt over the 4 inch barrier to compete with all of those new Android models that are hitting the stores with a 4 inch screen or higher. According to Crackberry, the first RIM Superphone will not support LTE but will most likely launch on HSPA+.
RIM knows what is at stake here and certainly things have improved greatly from the launch of the BlackBerry Storm to the launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860. But RIM still is a step behind both the Apple iPhone and Android when it comes to specs and things like a front-facing camera absolutely needs to be on board the QNX flavored handsets. If RIM doesn't at least catch up to the competition with these phones, the gig might be up.
1. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
by that time quadcore androids should be rolling out with hd screens and lte. when that happens i wonder who in the f**k would care about blackberries
11. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
damn! i already had in mind to make this comment even after just seeing the NAME of the article but you beat me to it. xD
14. digicon (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
Well . . . Should've known there would be some Android Sheep to comment first, with their pride in the way . "quadcore androids" now ? Come on , man . . . I dont know if they're being sarcastic , or just showing how ridiculous they are . What about that !
16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
..nooo, there are Quad-Core Android Devices coming out in the same time frame.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
They dont need to have the highest clock processor out there, but they definately need to be in "the ball park" with whatever android is bringing. Bring some horsepower, make sure that thing is stable (theyve waited this long, they better not screw it up at launch.. so take your time RIM), has a high res screen on it at 4 inches or more, and to have something they can lay claim to, at least a 10-12mpx camera. Blackberry has always been strong in the photo quality department even if they dont have the highest count.. now they need to have both.
And they really.. above all else... need not only QNX to be android market enabled out of the box (its one of its features if u didnt know), it needs to have at least 2 "showcase" QNX apps preloaded as well that are super high quality.. and one needs to be a game.. lol. Oh yea, and dont mess up email support again..lol.
A nice short list eh? :)
3. capaldi (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
Well, whatever specs that RIM will be dishing out to the market gotta stand tall with the long awaited iPhone4..and yeah, incorporate multi-touch in it!
4. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
I hope the screen is 4 inches in size. I can't stand any smartphone screen much bigger than that.
5. AlphaGeek39 (banned) (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
There is no one even bringing quad-core processors to smartphones yet. That is still a ways off. Much further away than Q1 2012 so the QNX superphones from RIM will be right up there with Android phones. Can't wait until RIM starts releasing these handsets.
6. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
I agree. Look at dual-core now, it still isn't perfected yet. Hopefully RIM will nail it and make a great phone. QNX phones will run so well on dual-core, can't wait.
21. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
tegra 3 bro. look it up. hopefully we'll see some phones with it near the end of q1
7. Whateverman (Posts: 3242; Member since: 17 May 2009)
A "Superphone" with no LTE radio? In 2012? Aiming for mediocre yet again, huh RIM? You can't keep holding back when other OEM's are going all out. I'm sorry, this is another FAIL!
8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Technically, the only carrier using LTE is Verizon, so they could easily do 4g HSPA+ on Tmobile, wimax on sprint.. and fake hspa on ATT.
LTE phone development doesnt seem to be many manufacturers priority right now.
9. Whateverman (Posts: 3242; Member since: 17 May 2009)
This is true, but then don't give it a moniker it can't live up to. LTE is available on VZW now, And RIM keeps promising something special. And every time they disappoint. Their of course are still a loyal few that will never sway from their Blackberries. But there aren't enough loyalist to keep the company going forever. They need to stop playing catch-up, and start leading the market they first revolutionized. Com'on RIM!
18. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol.. what would u do on an LTE capable blackberry anyways? they dont have any huge apps like android or iOS..
i dunno.. is there really a need for it? other than saying the "have it", but LTE chips are battery hogs too.. so if there isnt a real need for it, why waist the juice. you know most people arent smart enough to turn it off.
10. isprobi (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 May 2011)
Specs, specs, specs. I get tired of seeing people judge phones purely on specs like how many cpu cores, front facing camera and screen size. Yes, a modern phone needs good hardware but continually trying to copy and beat the iPhone is getting boring. What really maters is does it do what you need? Does the battery last long enough to get through a day? Does it make your time more productive? At least that is what I want.
12. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Oooo! get thumbed down til you're out the door. xD
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh i should've seen that coming a mile away on a Blackberry article. xD
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3099; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Don't get me wrong, the blackberry torch all touch screen phone looks promising, from what I have seen it is pretty responsive and fast. There is def a huge improvement in the web browising but I do have to agree with others that by the time this phone comes out. It will be already a year behind the competition. Even if Quad core android phones are not on the market yet, they will be shortly with brilliant super amoled hd edge to edge 4.5+ inch displays.
I am not trying to be biased here but the Storm did leave a really nasty taste when I had one and there has been little improvements since. Thank god they finally got rid of the stupid click screen and they improved the screen size. But lets face it, 2009 3.7 inches was considered to be large. Now it's actually small and I would like to see at least 4 inches. They just need to stop wasting so much space with stupid logos and more space for the screens.
15. wentworth (unregistered)
I don't think phones should have screens larger than 4". I mean 4" is big enough to whatever you wanna do with a phone. Why would you wanna have a 4.5" display if it probably won't fit in your pocket?
I hope RIM sticks to the 4" display and nail the OS to be quick and flawless. And honestly, after a year perfecting the OS on the Playbook, I think they're going to do a very good job with the QNX-based phones.
22. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
4.5 inch screen, all, screen, no, logo. boom.
23. Andrew35945 (unregistered)
I think if these new QNX BlackBerry's have a front face camera and a good camera and the iconic keyboard with a touch screen like the torch ppl will buy them i now i have been waiting for blackberry to get a front face camera cuz i hate my htc mytouch 4g it sucks time to go back to goood old BlackBerry®