I was talking to a friend about our previous post and it struck me. How many of RIM’s short term issues would be solved with a 1Ghz baseband processor, a high resolution WVGA (800x480px) screen, along with 1GB of RAM. They could even just call it the BlackBerry Lightning since it would outpace a Torch. RIM is after all a company filled with brilliant engineers so this has to have crossed their minds. Just think of how this would solve their short term OS problems until they get QNX ready:
- Sluggish OS and the dreaded hourglass – While RIM has made huge headway in BlackBerry 6 the extra processing power and RAM should make this a no brainer.
- Slow app loading – A 33% boost in processing power along with a baseband processor that is not 2 years old would definitely help in a BIG way.
- 3-5 minute reboots – Once again simply throw more horse power at the problem
- Rebooting on app upgrades – See above
- Competitive specs – This update could simply put RIM in line with the competition. Its as simple as that.
- Limited memory for 3rd party apps – While this was helped quite a bit with the 512MB memory built into the latest devices imagine what developers could do with double that.
- Sex appeal – With a shiny high res screen we could finally get some serious graphics on a BlackBerry and get even closer to real desktop-like web browsing on a BlackBerry.
- Slow browser – While the WebKit browser is light years ahead of the previous OS 5.0 browser it is still hampered by the slow 2 year old processor and limited memory. Check out the screenshot above.
I know what Mike Lazaridis would respond to my solution. The Ghz wars are not for RIM since current battery constraints just make them impractical. He said as much at the Dive Into Mobile conference. I have a simple answer to that. Throw a 3000mAh battery into the device and you will double the battery power. Have you seen how big the current Torch battery is? I would sacrifice a little heft for a serious boost in horsepower. They did this when the BlackBerry Bold 9000 came out why can’t they do it again? The 9000 had a battery that was more than 1/3rd of the device. The Torch has a battery that is almost half that size.
What do you think of my simple solution? I am no engineer but it seems like every other smartphone manufacturer has figured out how to put 1Ghz baseband processors in phones. Why can’t RIM? Just balance it out with a bigger battery… I am sure they are even working on this but no engineer in their right mind would continue using 2 year old processors in their cutting edge devices. Something tells me that RIM is working on a new baseband processor for BlackBerry 6 but they really need to get in front of this issue. There is really no good reason for RIM to continue using a processor that will soon be 3 years old… So it makes no sense for RIM not to come out and say it already.