Well I knew it was coming, but to have a new BlackBerry with a new OS to come out this soon after the Bold 9900 is a little perplexing to me. The fact that this new BlackBerry doesn’t support BES out of the box is a major sting to the new phone. It will support activesync out of the box, so it will have email support, hopefully RIM can make “Push” technology work better, I’m talking about how horrible “Push” drains an iPhone when you get alot of emails during the day.
One of the reasons that the BlackBerry PlayBook launched without native email is that RIM has had to rewrite its BES code in order for it to support the new operating system, and this has proven to be extremely difficult. We have been told that RIM is working on a QNX-specific BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but that the first QNX smartphone will launch without support for current BES versions. The kicker? If companies want to use Microsoft Exchange email on the device, they will actually have to use Microsoft ActiveSync, which the phone will support out of the box.
RIM is currently aiming to release the BlackBerry Colt some time in the first quarter of 2012, obviously depending on how internal testing goes. We’re told that the Software Verification team inside of RIM is already well into the testing process with this device, so our fingers are crossed for a timely release.
Check out the pic of this device over at BGR… from the looks of it, the screen resolution will be pretty sharp. Maybe even more then 640×480, the Bold 9900’s resolution. Read more about QNX and BlackBerry here.