We’ve all been waiting on Research in Motion to launch their QNX-based device, which, hopefully, will make them once again competitive in the smartphone market. Now we are learning details surrounding the release of RIM’s first QNX smartphone, codenamed the BlackBerry Colt. Rumors of compromises being made by RIM to reach their launch date are beginning to surface.
In a market where we are getting close to seeing quad-core CPU’s in mobile devices, Research in Motion is still launching single-core devices promising dual-core processors in their future QNX smartphones. The rumors we have heard suggest that single-core processor instead of a faster multi-core chip will power the first QNX device from RIM. This could change ahead of the launch date but the current testing is being done with a single-core chip according to rumors. RIM’s boasted strength of their superior battery life has forced RIM to being late in adopting changes in technologies from full color screens to faster processors.
Rumor has it that RIM may skip BES support at the time of launch. RIM has to rewrite its BES code and it is proving to be extremely difficult.
The BlackBerry Colt comes with 1GB RAM, social networking integration, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, camera, built-in NFC, GPS, digital compass and more but its QNX OS is its distinguishable feature. Although, rumors earlier suggested the Colt would have a dual-core processor, it is being tested with a single core, which could change before launch date.
Research in Motion is aiming to release the BlackBerry Colt during the first quarter of 2012.
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