BlackBerry Colt to be the first BBX superphone, specs leaked alongside an image

Last week, RIM officially announced BBX, its next-gen operating system that will marry the QNX-based OS currently found on the PlayBook with the BlackBerry OS that’s powering all of the company’s smartphones at the moment. RIM gave no indication of when BBX will be inside shipping devices, but back in August we heard mumblings about the first smartphone running the new platform coming in the first quarter of 2012.

Its name, or codename, is Colt. BlackBerry Colt. This will apparently be the high-end flagship that RIM has needed for a long while. Here’s a render of what the Colt might look like:

The phone that ends up being released may not be identical to what you see in the image above, but it will be close. As for specs, we have a whole bunch of them neatly leaked for your convenience.

A single-core 1.2 GHz processor (as seen in the Bold 9900) was used in the first testing phase, but a dual-core CPU is currently inside prototypes, so that may be the chip the Colt ends up shipping with. There will also be a touchscreen (at least 4-inch) with a resolution higher than 900 pixels and two cameras, one at the front and one at the back. The Colt will be thinner than the Bold 9900 and 9930, but will have a similar unibody outer stainless steel frame, no physical buttons, a similar battery to that found in the PlayBook, and new transitions which should make the UI feel fluid.

According to N4BB, the BlackBerry Colt will be out in mid-2012, which certainly seems like a delay from the previously rumored Q1 release date. By the middle of next year, the aforementioned specs may simply look outdated, at the current rate in which the mobile market moves, in which case RIM’s future will look even worse than it does today. But you have to remember that all of the above is filed as a rumor, so in reality anything can happen. One way or the other, we’re looking forward to BBX hitting the streets.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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