RIM's QNX operating system launched with the BlackBerry PlayBook last month, and the Canadian manufacturer is expected to move its smartphone range over the OS eventually.
It might not happen any time soon, but Carlo Chiarello, VP of RIM’s GSM/UMTS business unit, has been speaking to TechRadar about QNX prototypes and such like.
"The reality is that our teams have done a phenomenal job in such a short period of time to do what they're doing on PlayBook.
"That [QNX] experience is going to start to come in to our high tier products. I can't tell you when; I'm not allowed to. But it's absolutely part and parcel of what we're working on now.
"I can tell you that it's going to come in to the higher tier value propositions first. It'll probably come into an all-touch first, more than likely… but I can't tell you timings specifically. But it looks marvelous!"
The all-touch BlackBerry Curve Touch (Malibu) and BlackBerry Touch (Monaco/Monza) are expected to be announced soon, but they’ll presumably rock BlackBerry OS 7. It’s likely to be late 2012 before we see the first high tier, all-touch, QNX BlackBerry.