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QNX based BlackBerry Smartphone anticipated in Q1 2012
Aug 10th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

BlackBerry Colt

If reports are to be believed the first ever QNX powered BlackBerry Smartphone from Research in Motion is anticipated to be released in the Q1 of 2012. The Smartphone was earlier expected to be launched in the second half of 2012.

It is being claimed by a technology blog BGR that the Smartphone which is codenamed as the BlackBerry Colt would hit the market in the first quarter of 2012. However, exact timing of the release would depend on the testing period.

It is already a known fact that the BlackBerry’s QNX powered PlayBook tablet failed in capturing the market share. As such, the QNX based smartphones are expected to give tough competition to Apple and Android devices.

The blog also reports that the Colt will support ActiveSync e-mail software of Microsoft rather than BlackBerry Enterprise Server platform as there were complexities in re-writing the BES code for the new software platform.

The BlackBerry Colt is said to be powered by a 1 GHz processor rather than the dual core processors announced earlier. Additionally, three new BlackBerry OS 7 devices powered by a 1.2 GHz processor have also been announced by RIM recently.

RIM BlackPad to Use QNX OS
Aug 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Blackpad

The much-rumoured upcoming Blackberry tablet from Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerrys, Research in Motion (RIM) is said to be powered by the real-time OS, QNX rather than the BlackBerry OS 6 as per three separate sources close to RIM.

Bloomberg reports that BlackPad will be built using the embedded RTOS platform of QNS Software Systems, a company bought by RIM for $200 million from Harman International Industries in April 2010.

Coming to QNX, it is a microkernel-based OS supporting various platforms like ARM, X86, MIPS, PowerPC and shares common roots with Unix. By using QNX OS, RIM intends to differentiate itself from the iPad and keep the selling price as well as resource utilisation low.

However, there is no word if RIM will use parts of QNX in its next version of Blackberry OS or if two separate OS platforms will be managed. RIM hopes to give cutting edge competition to Apple with its BlackPad.

RIM which has already registered the Blackpad name acquired the domain name Blackpad.com. The BlackPad is expected to be launched in November. As per Bloomberg reports about the BlackPad specs, the device will sport a 9.7 inch form factor along with few iPad killer features.

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