RIM's BBX SuperPhones look more like the PlayBook than traditional BlackBerry models

RIM's BBX SuperPhones look more like the PlayBook than traditional BlackBerry models
Earlier today, we reported the worst possible news that fans of RIM would want to hear, which is that the new BBX flavored SuperPhones might be delayed thanks to the certification process each new phone must go through with the carriers. Meanwhile, RIM's vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, Alex Saunders, revealed some more information about the new BBX platform and the first phones to be running the OS. According to Saunders, RIM will concentrate on socially-connected apps and games for the new OS.

As far as looks go, Saunders says that the new BBX models will have more in common with the BlackBerry PlayBook than the traditional QWERTY packin' BlackBerry handset. As on the PlayBook tablet, the screens on the  BBX phones will have the same 16:9 aspect ratio and 1024 x 600 resolution. The displays will be all touchscreen and despite the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard, they are expected to have all the necessary pro-business features to please the enterprise users that have been the heart and soul of the brand. The executive also added that RIM will offer more form factors for future BBX models, possibly some using the more well-known BlackBerry design.

Even though the new phones have been compared to the PlayBook, the latter does not natively support BIS, BBM or BES for RIM's email. An update is expected for the tablet in February which will also give the tablet the ability to run Android apps. Saunders promised that the BBX phones will support everything the tablet does when the handsets are launched. And since the executive promises that the phone will support native email and BIS when rolled out, it makes sense not to expect this to occur before February.

There is also some speculation that RIM is trying to attract the attention of some Nokia developers who were shut out when the Finnish manufacturer switched to its all Windows all the time business plan. Nokia used the Qt development framework for Symbian and MeeGo apps and RIM has built Qt into its PlayBook SDK. 

The first new BBX smartphone is expected to be the BlackBerry Colt and late last month, we showed you a rendering of the device along with the specs that are alleged to be on the model.

source: PCMag

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10 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I somehow don't think this will quite take off but it might revive a little of rims user base

2. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Too little too late. Blackberry is obsolete

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its never too late until HP buys you!! :(

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Who knows, HP may be in negotiations to buy RIM?

3. bellefan

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

If it is going to support android and qt apps as well, count me in.

6. Marker37

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Next phone might just be a BBX phone.

7. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

its gonna take more than just a chat to win over customers who are holdeing iphones and androids

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

They could pull an Apple. 10 years from now RIM runs the world. Stocks are at $1,000 a share.... oww, who pinched me.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I dont think its too late for RIM and they do really need to try, but it certainly doesnt look good for them. If this doesnt pay off I see their stock going in a firesale.

10. Mobile88

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Can\'t wait for RIM Blackberry Colt launch!

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