RIM's QNX powered Superphones could be delayed until late next year

RIM's QNX powered Superphones could be delayed until late next year
A report from an analyst suggests that the BlackBerry 7 OS devices introduced yesterday by RIM might have to hold the fort down a little longer than originally thought. A line of BlackBerry Superphones powered by RIM's QNX OS will be delayed until late next year, according to the report. While the initial response for the new line of 'Berry handsets has been mostly positive, the specs on the phones will once again start to look dated when Apple introduces the new iPhone 5 as soon as next month, and newer high-end Android models appear with faster processors and higher resolution screens.

Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies and Co. is the analyst who is telling clients to expect the RIM Superphones to be launched late next year. A few weeks ago, we reported that RIM had stopped development on a new tablet in order to develop these models which are said to offer a 4.3 inch display, the same size that current Android high-end models are equipped with. The largest screen on a BlackBerry is the 3.7 inch WVGA display on the new all touchscreen BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860. One interesting note is that the RIM Superphones are expected to have a 1.2GHz single-core processor under the hood as the company considers dual-core chips to be battery-killers. Considering that Android models are already available with dual-core chips, this could be a bad move on RIM's part and there still is plenty of time for them to make a change.

Misek added in his report that the BlackBerry PlayBook's ability to port over Android apps will now start in late fall, later than expected, as resources are being "diverted" to the new BlackBerry 7 OS phones from potential QNX devices. The new phones include the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860. The new OS offers a browser that is 40% faster than the one on the previous OS, has smoother navigation and voice-activated universal search. These are all features that RIM needs to compete with iOS and Android, both of which already have a fast browser, smooth as butter navigation and voice-activated universal search.

RIM was hoping to staunch the erosion in its market share by launching the new BlackBerry 7 OS models. Recent data from Nielsen shows BlackBerry with a 20% share of the U.S. smartphone market, trailing Android with 39% and Apple with 28%.

source: eWeek

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7 Comments

1. Sam unregistered

Will RIM even last til' then? I wish they had a fighting chance, but the fact that their newest devices that they're boasting about are comparable to ones that were released over a year ago is laughable. BBM can only take them so far..

2. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Finally...but we have to wait -___- and come on, atleast 1.4 ghz processors if its going to be a single.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Take your time, RIM. Get it right. This is way too important not to get right. With Luis on this one though. If you are going single core, it better be one on HGH.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. Wasn't OS7 supposed to be the QNX OS? But hey, what is one more edition of an OS among friends? Besides, an additional year is plenty of time to hemorrhage more customers to Android and iOS. I wonder how many will be around when the QNX OS makes its debut in the phones?

8. RIMpireStrikesBack

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2011

you are a champion of the trolling douchers...

5. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Is it me or RIM and WP7 are taking too long to to update their OS s, I like WP7 and I believe they have a chance, but RIM is really scary how easy is taking their agony

7. Rob74

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Hey RIM your going to wait until late next year to introduce your qnx devices android will have quad-core devices by then.

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