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RIM announced several smartphones running its new BlackBerry OS 7 this morning.They’re updates to the Torch and Bold lines and will use touchscreens in addition to trackpads. These new BlackBerrys will launch later this month.
A few months after that, they’ll be obsolete.
That’s not because of the pace technology moves. It’s because RIM will be abandoning its current BlackBerry OS in favour of QNX, the operating system that currently powers the PlayBook.
The new phones announced today, the BlackBerry Bold 9850/9860, BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, and BlackBerry Torch 9810, will not be able to upgrade to QNX. Instead, you’ll have to buy a brand new dual-core BlackBerry phone designed to run QNX.
This information was confirmed to us by a RIM rep.
Right now, we know nothing about these dual-core phones other than they’re being tested by RIM right now. Our best guess is that they’ll arrive some time next year.
Think of it this way: RIM’s move with these new BlackBerrys is a lot like Apple telling iPhone 4 owners they won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 5 unless they buy an iPhone 5.
In effect, RIM is trying to sell you smartphones that won’t be eligible for all the latest and greatest QNX features its hoping will revive its mobile business.