Mike Lazaridis Talks About Upcoming QNX-Powered BlackBerry Super Phones


blackberry torch with qnx os mockup

At CES 2011, Mike Lazaridis confirmed again that we will be seeing QNX-powered Super Phones as part of RIM’s 10 year plan to stay competitive in the market. The upcoming BlackBerry Super Phones (wasn’t that a term coined by Google?) will be based on dual-core processors, the QNX OS and the UI will look very much like a shrunked-own PlayBook. The new Super Phones will support three types of apps: Java, Adobe Air and native apps using OpenGL.

The downside to all of this is that we won’t be seeing these devices in 2011, and probably not even 2012. The plan for BlackBerry Super Phones is part of a ten year plan and there are a few To Do’s before we can see these implemented. The next generation of BlackBerry smartphones needs to be optimized for battery life, size, weight, thickness and cost. Another interesting tidbit when it comes to RIM’s smartphone plans, is that Mike Lazaridis doesn’t see a point in 4G BlackBerrys, something we’ve been expecting for some time.

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  • Eric

    Well that really sucks, BlackBerry has a good plan but like always they are going to be 10 years too late to get ahead of the market. Torch was such a good start, it really BLOWS that it wont get to see QnX. This might be the last for BB. Android, IoS, and good help it even Microsoft WP7 will be lightyears ahead of RIM before they even release a device. Oh and BlackBerries not needing 4G? What planet does he live on. Some people use junky service like t-mobile where there only hope at good overage will come from 4G towers.

  • Element526

    I am convinced Blackberry has lost their way. What we are seeing is sad. It is a replay of Palm. How do you go from industry leader to also ran in 2 short years.
    The one bright spot is Android has picked up the baton and is kicking ass.

  • Anonymous

    all matters where you live.just got with tmobile from verizon..verizon great?odd i had dropped calls from them,and not 1 yet from tmob,granted in whole coverage verizon is king,but have never had these problems and even in traveling. also helps 4g but isnt that a plan for everyone?makes sense,huh?

  • Anonymous

    bb aint going to die,just going to be in a cell phone coma.

  • http://twitter.com/tamalm Tamal Mukherjee

    At the end of 2012 Mike Lazaridis would bite his nails and fight for 0.01% market share. Bill Gates once said “In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.”