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RIM Blackberry Storm 3 May Be First QNX Smartphone

Details of RIM's first QNX handset, the Blackberry Monaco - otherwise known as the Storm 3 - have surfaced online and the device looks set to bring the Canadian manufacturer back to the top of the pack.

The website (opens in new tab) says that RIM engineers will yank the SurePress touchscreen technology and that it will be available to CDMA carriers from the onset.

The phone will come with a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, possibly with WVGA resolution (a step up from the VGA one), 512MB RAM (other sources mention 768MB), potentially a 1GHz processor (from Marvell) and, like the Playbook tablet, will powered by the new Blackberry QNX Neutrino.

To muddle things up a bit more, another source is saying it will come with a horizontal keyboard instead of a vertical one like the Blackberry Torch, putting it in direct competition with the likes of the HTC Desire Z.

The fact that the Monaco may come with a QNX OS is a powerful statement from RIM, one that says that the Canadian company won't be backing down in the face of adversity.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.