Research In Motion dropping BlackBerry Bold looking devices, going for more tablet sized screen products instead


With the next generation of the OS

Canadian email device maker RIM has made public that the first upcoming BBX operating system based mobile phones may not have a traditional BlackBerry design, but they will still support the core enterprise email features – only on a much larger screen.

Alec Saunders, RIM’s vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development has told the first phones based on RIM’s new OS will have the same screen resolution and aspect ratio as the BlackBerry PlayBook.

This has a 16:9 ratio and 1024-by-600 screen, which is a screen resolution not seen on mobile phones as they typically have a resolution of 800-by-480, 960-by-540, although the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus does boast a 1280-by-720 display.

Alec Saunders was quoted in saying: ‘Look, if you build [an app] for the PlayBook, then it will run on BBX. We have maintained aspect ratios, BBX also has the ability to upload multiple dimension graphics … [and the standard resolutions] are the same as PlayBook,’

‘BlackBerry Colt,’ supposedly RIM’s first BBX phone. That device has a large, 16:9 touch screen and no physical keyboard. The mention of ‘multiple dimension graphics’ (which in context referred to sizes, not 3D) also opens up the possibility of different screen sizes in the future, maybe some compatible with a traditional BlackBerry form factor.