Rumor: RIM Scraps 10-inch PlayBook for QNX-based Superphone

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Rumor has it that RIM is reshuffling its engineering deck, moving resources away from a planned ten-inch BlackBerry PlayBook, and instead focusing efforts on a QNX-powered handset, or “Superphone” as rumors have dubbed the device. Just last month rumors indicated that RIM was working hard on a ten-inch PlayBook to compliment the seven-inch unit it released earlier in the year.

BlackBerry PlayBookThe rumored QNX-based Superphone will have a 1.2GHz single core processor, though the dual-core TI OMAP chip found in the PlayBook could make its way into the smartphone should RIM manage to squeeze respectable battery life out of it. It will also have a 4.3-inch touchscreen and what N4BB, the site which broke the story, describes as a “900+” resolution.

RIM will continue developing the 4G PlayBooks promised earlier in the year that were originally scheduled to ship this summer. That has since been pushed back to the fall, with the LTE 4G PlayBook coming in October. That device could be available on the two carriers that support LTE, Verizon and AT&T.

The new BlackBerry Tablet OS is based on the QNX microkernel, and is notable for its stability and multitasking ability. Currently, it’s found on the PlayBook but no BlackBerry handsets. RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis recently claimed that a dual-core processor would be a requirement for any handset sporting RIM’s QNX-based OS, as it is resource intensive. 

Source: N4BB

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