First QNX smartphone is dubbed as the BlackBerry Colt; coming in Q1 2012

First QNX smartphone is dubbed as the BlackBerry Colt; coming in Q1 2012
Within the last week, RIM has been able to get the juices flowing by announcing a trove of new next-generation BlackBerry smartphones, but as consumers begin to adopt these new devices, they have to simultaneously know in the back of their heads about RIM’s plans for QNX based smartphones. Thankfully, we’re getting our first indication of what to expect, as some of BGR’s sources have leaked information regarding the true next-generation BlackBerry smartphone.

Dubbed as the BlackBerry Colt for now, which is aiming for a Q1 2012 release, there are some noteworthy pieces of information regarding the up and coming device. Obviously, people are still waiting to hear about crazy hardware specs with this one, but interestingly enough, it’s looking to sport nothing more than a single-core 1GHz processor. Nevertheless, you can’t count on the fact that RIM might end up having a change of heart between now and then – so it’s possible we might see an upgrade to it down the road.

Currently in testing with RIM’s software verification team, it appears that they’re in for one massive upbringing with this one because it’s being reported that they’re experiencing some tougher challenges. Specifically, it seems as though coders are having difficulty with it, which might force them to launch the Colt without that perennial BlackBerry Enterprise Server support. However, they aim to balance things out by having support for Microsoft’s ActiveSync – thus, appeasing some enterprise users out there in the meantime.

As for the rendered image at hand, it’s merely a mockup of what the device might appear like – especially when it’s fairly certain to pack that iconic BlackBerry keyboard. Love it or hate it right now, it’s still too early to say with enough certainty if this one will be a knockout winner, but it’s clear that RIM is going to make the move and bring QNX based smartphones in the future. Is it a risky move? Of course, but we’ll see how things develop with the Colt first.

source: BGR

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25 Comments

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

And who cares about Blackberry? No one.

2. asshole unregistered

for some reason celebrities still seem to but thats about it

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Of course, that explains why that comm got 2 dislikes.

5. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

go troll somewhere else! i like this phone!

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Considering that Blackberry has yet to drop below 20% of smart phone sales worldwide, millions of people still care about Blackberry.

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I'm not trolling. Blackberry is almost dead. I give it less than a year.

13. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

@Synack The market can change very quickly. As quickly as a device falls, it is equally as quick that if necessary changes are made, and the market likes it, then that device will climb up again. If BlackBerry can hold 20% of users with the new OS 7 devices by the time it launches the Colt, and the market likes QNX, then you'll see success.

20. RIMpireStrikesBack

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

And who cares about You? No one.

4. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Godammit in 2012 everything will have a dual/quad-core processor so why is BB always staying behind the curve in hardware? Shame really, they used to make good phones :(

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe BB is staying 1 to 2 generations behind the market to see how fast their market share will move to Android and iOS? They sure haven't got a sense of urgency.

21. RIMpireStrikesBack

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

Go back under your bridge, ugly ass troll...

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Launching without BES support is a guarantee of a failed launch. The only thing keeping any market share with BB/RIM is the BES community.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Let's not forget that Twiddle-dee and Twiddle-dum are on a 6- 8 month evaluation period from the stockholders. If they cannot prove they are keeping RIM close to the leader of the pack status, that no-confidence vote in the two position CEO structure they avoided just recently will be knocking on their doors. Releasing a QNX device, even single core, smacks of them just trying to keep the wolves at the gate from attacking.

10. JameZ209 unregistered

Enough 4play RIM, release a @%!#*# phone already!!!

11. HSB unregistered

Not sure but recently there was an official statement from some one in RIM that QNX require dual core processor....that the reason why the upcoming black berries will not be upgradeable to QNX....probably RIM is working on a lighter version of QNX that can run on single core processors so that the buyers of the upcoming berries are not left out....

14. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

frankly i dont think having multiple cores is necessary. 1 ghz is pretty fast as is.. it'll prob at least have a 1.2ghz like the 9900 will. the only technological pitfall of the current blackberries are small memory for apps which prohibits extensive app development. fix that and there's no reason why RIM can't be successful. QNX will fix that, BBOS didn't allow that in its architecture.

15. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

What QNX?

16. RIMisdead unregistered

By that time the nexus prime would be out and the gs3 would be announced. So why would I care about this SINGLE core outdated phone?

17. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

ppl are using blackberries cause they want a smartphone with actual buttons. There are still a lot of people that want their phone to be good at being a phone and messaging. Touch screens are nice but overrated.. so is dual/quad core processors. Not everyone is a gaming geek who wants their xbox to go everywhere with them.

18. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Dual core is only good for game and multitasking. But if a single core can get the job done and keep the cost down then their is not need for that. It is not like OS is program for dual core and look at high graphic game for QNX. Oh wait there isn't any. If is run the Android app maybe.

19. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Wow, if blackberry doesnt do anything, people b*tch. When it does something people b*tch. Make up your minds, its better to have them do something than nothing.

22. RIMpireStrikesBack

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

This report is complete bulls**t. BGR fear mongering at its purest form...

23. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

You can love your pet after it is gone. It doesn't make it alive but the love is there. BB is dead, RIM's if it ain't broke don't fix it attitude fell short in a market where it doesn't have to be broken to be retired. RIM should have come up with some new bells and whistles long ago now they pay the piper

24. Kenny Marks unregistered

a phone that is sorely out of touch with the world... no apps? only at blackberry !

25. jordantan

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

i think blackberry got too complacent with the tag 'email specialist'....use to like them... my last 2 BB phones however seemed outdated n out of place in this world of iphones n great free apps.. i m not an apple fanboy btw...but reality has made me an iphone convert

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