During the Q3 fiscal 2012 earnings conference call, Research In Motion co-CEO and founder, Mike Lazaridis, explained the reason BlackBerry 10 phones would be delayed. Lazaridis explained they had decided to wait it out until Qualcomm released a more efficient dual-core LTE chipset.
RIM has been all about battery performance. This is one of the features RIM touts with BlackBerry and users can agree. Many of the current 4G Android devices are known for having horrible battery life. To separate itself and continue to maintain optimal battery life is likely one of the main reasons RIM decided to hold out until the new chipset is ready.
Why wait for LTE and not utilize current HSPA+ or even WiMax 4G? Most likely answer is efficiency. Not only is LTE faster (50mbps), it is more efficient than the other 4G spectrums in how it manages user load. This works since LTE combines the techniques called MIMO and OFMDA, or Orthogonal Frequency Divide Multiple Access. The claimed benefit of OFDMA is higher spectral efficiency, speed and density over CDMA.
BlackBerry 10 phones may be delayed, but it may not be all that bad. Using the best, most relavant hardware hasn’t been one of RIM’s staple points in the past. We saw RIM make a fair leap with BlackBerry 7 devices, but it was unfortunately BBOS that may have kept a slowed down user experience. Sure, the BlackBerry 10 phones will only be dual-core while there will be mobile-oriented Tegra 3 SoC quadcore devices already available. But who wants to waste money on a device that gets even worse battery life than dual-core and may not even have apps available to take advantage of such processing power?
I have faith RIM has selected the right chipset, which make BlackBerry 10 phones the most efficient for not only consumers and carriers, but also for RIM’s budget. We can only hope the sell-through on BlackBerry 7 and 7.1 devices coupled with the ‘re-launch’ of a PlayBook with OS 2.0 will be enough to keep RIM afloat until Q4 2012.