RIM’s Co-CEO’s stirred up some serious discussion by blaming the lack of a chip for BlackBerry 10 phones delay into the second half of 2012. While I personally think RIM should have revamped the Colt with a dual core processor and HSPA+ 4G I realize they were getting pressure from US carriers to launch a 4G LTE device. Many of us know that the reason RIM has been struggling along with quite a few other manufacturers to launch 4G headsets that are no huge and don’t kill your battery in 4 hours. For now Android phones are solving that by making the phones larger and strapping on huge batteries and others like Apple have simply skipped on LTE for now.
QTFan pointed out to Brian in our original post about the delay that AnandTech has a good explanation (from October) of what the whole story is and what chip (Qualcomm) RIM and others are waiting for. Its a great read which you can find here. Let us know if you find more details on the situation. I still feel like RIM is missing out on a major opportunity by not simply releasing a 4G HSPA+ device on all of the carriers other than Verizon… There are 150+ of them worldwide that RIM partners with.
PS: There is a conversation going on in the forums about this too.