BlackBerry Colt first hints on specs / release date for QNX smartphone

By Posted 8 Aug 2011, 23:46

Those of you who have been keeping a close eye on Research in Motion and its BlackBerry devices will know that BlackBerry OS will be succeeded by QNX in the near future, recently we saw the BlackBerry PlayBook with a QNX-based OS and now we are beginning to hear news and rumors surrounding the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone which will run QNX, this is codenamed the BlackBerry Colt.

If you have been looking forward to the launch of such a device you may want to check out this recent BGR article, if it turns out to accurate the Colt could arrive in Q1 2011 and it sounds like it will be a disappointing device, why? Carry on reading to find out…

When looking at any of today’s high-end smartphones we expect to see a dual-core processor, however we are hearing that the internal testing of the Colt is with a single-core processor. As pointed out by BGR this could change before release and we think it has to, let’s face dual-core smartphones started showing up in early 2011 and we have already heard of handsets on the horizon which will boast dual-core 1.5GHz chips – surely a single-core smartphone can’t compete with this. Obviously you can argue that clock speed is useless without a well-written OS, and this is true, but we really fail to see how a single core QNX device will outdo Android etc combined with dual-core processors.

It is not all bad news, we can confirm that RIM plan to follow up the Colt with a dual-core QNX smartphone, also we are reliably informed that developers are hard at work on a QNX-specific BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the Colt probably won’t launch with this, therefore instead Microsoft Exchange users will have to use Microsoft ActiveSync instead (this will come pre-installed).

So there you have it folks some good and some bad news about RIM’s QNX smartphone release plans, we think that it is great that developers are working hard on things like BlackBerry Enterprise Server for QNX, but we don’t think consumers will be keen to agree a two-year deal in 2012 with a single-core device – do you?