We know that RIM is working on some QNX powered superphones for us starting with Q1 of 2012 but we have not heard much about them. The BGR is hearing a new rumor that the first QNX superphone is codenamed the BlackBerry Colt. This same source has the Colt running a single core processor in its current internal testing variant but that may change before release. The source says that RIM is also rewriting the BES code to work with the QNX operating system which they are already doing for the PlayBook. The rumor has RIM working on a QNX specific BES server and the QNX smartphone will not support the current BES versions at launch which makes total sense for a totally new platform. These devices will actually use Microsoft ActiveSync which will be supported out of the box.
This would be a very interesting move for RIM. I have been waiting for them to offer ActiveSync support for ages but it was killed off due to BES. I always wanted it at least for consumers to be able to get full PIM sync without BES. Either way this BlackBerry Colt is on schedule for Q1 of 2012 and the Software Verification team is already well into testing the device.
Things are really shaking up around RIM headquarters… There is even an improved OS 7 making the rounds which I am trying to dig up more on. Until then let the rumors go wild and take all of this with a huge grain of salt!