Audio: Lazaridis says BlackBerry QNX-based smartphones “will be available in the not to distant future”

The price of RIM’s stock drastically dropped today after they announced their Q2 fiscal 2012 results (after hours trading fell 17.67%). Even with successfully launching a few devices, the Bold 9900, Torch 9860, Torch 9810 and the Curve 9360 they still only managed to ship just over 10 million devices. And the race to capture market share in the tablet space is fading too, the PlayBook has scraped about 200,000 shipments… but next up for RIM is QNX. This is the current operating system that’s powering the PlayBook and RIM is betting big on it.

The rumours have been slowly surfacing, the first device has a code name of the “Colt” and apparently it’s all touchscreen with a dual-core processor. No other details have been announced. On their Conference Call today Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, stated that QNX smartphones are already being worked on within RIM and they’re planning to show them off in October at the upcoming DevCon (October 18th – 20th).

“Development efforts on the first QNX-based smartphone products are going extremely well. We plan to ensure that when we launch the product will have the features, industrial design and content and app ecosystem it needs to deliver a dynamic and industry leading customer experience. The development platform for QNX phones will be presented in more detail at DevCon in October, and prototype phones featuring the QNX operating system and development platform will be available in the not to distant future.”


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Surely now everybody will be waiting to see what these new QNX phones will be like – and how the overall experience differs from the new BlackBerry 7 OS… only 4 weeks away!