New details have emerged about the new BlackBerry Colt, the company’s first QNX powered smartphone. Not only will it bring QNX to the phone, but it will also mark the return of a touchscreen only device to the BlackBerry lineup.
CrackBerry shared the news today in a post that delivers sa bit more on the upcoming ‘Colt’ device.
Remember, this is reportedly going to be RIM’s knight in shining armor, a BlackBerry SuperPhone; one that needs to make a statement and more importantly sell to a nation of consumers and businesses that are increasingly enamored with touch.
Based on the information from CrackBerry we think the BlackBerry Colt will have the following specs, but nothing is concrete;
- 3.7″ or larger display
- Touchscreen only controls
- dual core processor
- HSPA+ Radio (no LTE)
In addition to these features we might see a front facing camera, which is becoming standard on smartphones, even if many still lack the apps to take advantage of them.
You might think that this is the first Touchscreen only BlackBerry, but it isn’t. That (dis)honor goes the to BlackBerry Storm, which had a number of issues. As did the BlackBerry Storm 2.
I can only hope that BlackBerry delivers a new user experience that capitalizes on the QNX platform. The limited time I spent with the BlackBerry Playbook wasn’t enough to convince me to switch, but it was enough to show me that there is plenty of promise for a touchscreen only BlackBerry device.
The BlackBerry Colt, which is just the internal name for the device, is expected to arrive in early 2012, but could come as soon as the end of the year. While this means the Colt could come at any time, I hope RIM gets the Colt to market soon.
The company just released a new BlackBerry device, and I am expecting to go hands on with it shortly, but with a collection of SuperPhones like the Motorola Droid Bionic and iPhone 5 on the way in the next few months RIM needs a SuperPhone sooner rather than later.