BlackBerry’s BBX phones, which will come with a mix of QNX and BlackBerry 7 operating system, are likely to work more like the PlayBook tablet.
While talking to PC Mag, the company vice president Alex Saunders has said that the BBX phones would, however, have all the enterprise friendly features such as secure email and BlackBerry Messenger that the BlackBerry phones are anyway known for — the result, the core customer base of BlackBerry would remain happy as ever.
BBX is the next flagship operating system from BlackBerry which has come after merging BlackBerry 7 and QNX operating system used in the PlayBook tablet. The attempt is to create a unified platform and the new smartphone screens would come with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1024×600 pixels resolution. This is different from the usual smartphones which have the resolution of 480×800, 540×960 or 720×1280 pixels.
One big difference, the new BBX phones would likely be all touchscreens, though there is a possibility other form factors such as hardware keyboard like current handsets would be unveiled in future. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server support would continue, which is good news because PlayBook so far hadn’t supported RIM’s email or BBM service so far. This issue would be addressed via an update in February which would bring Android app support as well.
In simple terms, it also means any application developed for PlayBook would run on the BBX phones as well.