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RIM to reveal the new “BlackBerry 7″ OS, smartphone next week

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) is holding its largest event of the year next week in Orlando, Fla., and the company is expected to unveil at the conference the latest version of its BlackBerry smartphone OS, “BlackBerry 7,”along with at least one as-of-yet unannounced BlackBerry smartphone that will run the new OS.

Thanks to what is thought to be leaked internal RIM information, details on the next version of the BlackBerry smartphone OS, formerly referred to only as “BlackBerry 6.1,” have been available since January. And another leaked internal RIM document that hit the Web around the same time offered details on RIM’s 2011 handheld lineup.

But RIM has not yet released any official details on the next BlackBerry OS or the smartphones that new software will power.

The mobile OS that runs on RIM’s most recently-released handhelds is called “BlackBerry 6.” And RIM’s brand new PlayBook tablet PC runs the “BlackBerry Tablet OS.” But a new rumor posted on CrackBerry.com suggests RIM will skip over the BlackBerry 6.1 name for its next smartphone OS update and go with “BlackBerry 7.” And BlackBerry 7 is expected to be officially announced at theBlackBerry World conference next week. (“BlackBerry World” is the new name for RIM’s annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium [WES].)

The new BlackBerry Tablet OS is built on a completely different foundation than the BlackBerry handheld OS. The Tablet OS is built on code from QNX Software Systems, which RIM acquired in the spring of 2010. Rumors have suggested for months that RIM will likely move away from its aging handheld OS and release a new smartphone OS similarly built on a foundation from QNX.

BlackBerry 7 was initially predicted to be the first BlackBerry smartphone OS that would use QNX code, while BlackBerry 6.1 would be a somewhat minor “evolutionary” update based on the same mobile OS that has powered RIM’s handhelds for years. But now it looks as though BlackBerry 7 will be the minor update. And the rumored QNX-based BlackBerry smartphone OS will probably be released as BlackBerry 8 or something along those lines.

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Front and Rear

Pic right: BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930

In addition to the BlackBerry 7 announcement, RIM is also expected to take the wraps off of the brand new BlackBerry “Bold Touch” smartphone at BlackBerry World next week, according to gadget blog BGR.com.

The BlackBerry Bold Touch is a successor to RIM’s popular Bold 9000 handheld, and it is expected to become available in both GSM and CDMA flavors some time this summer. It’s also possible that RIM could announced more new handhelds on top of the Bold Touch, such as the Curve Touch or Torch2.

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