BlackBerry Colt Kicking-Off QNX For Smartphones Early Next Year?

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We all know that RIM has a bunch of devices running BlackBerry OS 7 on the horizon, but beyond that looms the presence of QNX. The next-generation operating system already has a home on the PlayBook tablet, and we knew that it was on its way to RIM’s smartphone lineup, leaving the question: when? Last month, we heard from a RIM exec about the plans to bring QNX to the smaller screen, and looked at the possibility that we could have up to an 18-month wait before such BlackBerrys would be available. The latest rumor brings much more agreeable news, claiming that RIM will introduce its first QNX-powered smartphone, the BlackBerry Colt, sometime in Q1 2012.

The Colt would supposedly run only a single-core CPU, even with QNX more than up to the task of efficiently handling a multi-core environment. While those will almost certainly come to later QNX-running phones, RIM doesn’t look like it’s trying much new here aside from the OS-shift.

Supposedly, compromises made to ensure the Colt is released in a reasonable timeframe mean that not all expected features will be present – notably, the phone could ship without support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. That’s a risky move, especially if RIM hopes to entice corporate clients to lead the way with the switch to QNX.

If we’re really looking at a Q1 release, expect a whole lot more information on the Colt to arrive as we start to round-out 2011.

Source: BGR

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