A device codenamed BlackBerry Colt could be the first QNX smartphone, scheduled to be released in early 2012.
Following RIM's announcement of its BlackBerry 7-powered smartphones for the fall, the Boy Genius Report has received a tip about the first BlackBerry QNX smartphone. According to a source, the phone is codenamed BlackBerry Colt at this point, and is currently undergoing internal testing. While details are scarce, the smartphone is said to be scheduled for a Q1 2012 release.
The BlackBerry Colt is currently running a single-core processor, but BGR's source says that it could end up running a dual-core processor ahead of launch. Interestingly, while RIM is said to be working on a QNX-specific BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the Colt is not expected to support current BES versions. It'll however support Microsoft ActiveSync out-of-the-box.
Upcoming BlackBerry 7 Phones
While waiting for the first QNX smartphone, it's worth noting that RIM has finally officially announced its full range of BlackBerry 7 phones to be released in the coming weeks. In addition to OS 7, each phone also features a range of powerful hardware enhancements including a 1.2GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit screens, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9300 is RIM's thinnest smartphone ever (10.5mm thick), and combines a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen for heavy texters. It's also the first BlackBerry phone to include built-in support for NFC technology (like found in the Nexus S 4G for Sprint).
Additionally, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 features a 3.2-inch high-res touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY thumbboard. With enhanced hardware and software, it delivers a faster and more fluid performance than the original Torch, including an enhanced multimedia experience.
Lastly, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 / 9860 is the first all-touch smartphone powered by BlackBerry 7. With a new 3.7-inch touchscreen display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry phone, the Torch 9850 / 9860 is optimized for displaying web pages, photos, videos, and powerful gaming experiences while not compromising on the real-time communication and collaboration experience RIM is best known for.
The new generation of BlackBerry 7 smartphones will start appearing on carriers around the world later this month.