When RIM announced that QNX was going to the operating system for its future devices, it was surprising to see the next generation BlackBerry devices to be still running on BlackBerry OS. It probably meant that the operating system wasn’t ready for phones yet, or RIM had no plans to release it so soon. Regardless of what the reason is, it looks like the company has been working on QNX phones at the same time. The folks over at BGR have managed to get the exclusive scoop on what is said to be the first QNX phone from RIM.
Called the BlackBerry Colt, it has a similar form factor to the BlackBerry Bold. The phone will be powered by a single core processor, though it’s possible that the phone will be upgraded to a dual-core SoC when it is released. Other than that and the fact that it will be running on QNX and will be released in Q1 2012, nothing else is known about the phone yet.
And if you’re wondering why RIM still hasn’t released a native email app for the BlackBerry PlayBook – apparently the company is having trouble rewriting its BES code in order for it to support the QNX operating system – so the phone is going to launch without support for current BES, and if users want Microsoft Exchange email, they’ll have to use Microsoft Active Sync instead. Who would’ve thought an upgrade to QNX would be this troublesome for RIM?