RIM BlackBerry Colt Slated for 2012 Launch

August 20, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It does seem too obvious a fact that RIM does not stand a chance against iPhone and Android, its apparently technologically superior competitors.  In an attempt to catch up with the big names, it had acquired QNX last year.

But people did not exactly go gaga over RIM’s first QNX device, the BlackBerry Playbook. And now, we have some rumors about its first QNX Smartphone, the BlackBerry Colt.

The Smartphone is currently undergoing internal testing with RIM’s Software Verification team.  Some details about the device have been revealed and it is not the greatest of all news.

It is said that a single core processor, something that is likely to be obsolete by the time the device hits the stores, will power Colt. Smartphones today run majorly on dual-core and even quad-core processors.

Colt might switch to speedier multi-core chipsets by the time of its release, but we are not sure about that. Though detailed specs are not out yet, the device is expected to come with a 3.7-inch display like the BlackBerry Torch.

It is unlikely that the Colt will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which had been a major plus for BlackBerry, like the Playbook. Rim has to rewrite its BES code for QNX to support the service, which is not a piece of cake.

Colt is expected to use HSPA+ radio when it launches, rather than the 4G LTE technology. RIM has currently scheduled the release of the Colt for the first quarter of 2012.

This time, the manufacturer has to keep its fingers crossed as the market seems to provide people with better options. What do you think about RIM’s attempt to get back in the game?

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