Blackberry 7 OS abandons old handsets -

RIM has two Blackberry smartphones on the way, under the banner of the Blackberry Bold 9900 and the Blackberry Bold 9930. They'll sport its new OS, Blackberry 7, which will not be available as an upgrade to customers with older devices. 

The long-rumoured mobiles will sport an "iconic design" with a touch screen, RIM predictably says, shipping with Blackberry's new operating system, Blackberry 7. Blackberry 7 does not have legacy support so users with older handsets will be stuffed if they want to run the improved system.

There's no QNX in it at all, says Engadget

Blackberry 7 will be smarter, faster and prettier according to RIM. Because it's so pretty it won't work on older devices. 

The newer models will run with a 1.2 GHz processor and HD video in 720p. Near Field Communication will also be built in.

The phones themselves will be available "around the world" from this Summer. 

Whether the uppity RIM co-CEO and Diva Mike Lazaridis' latest offerings will win over consumers and business users more excited by fruit-themed electronics or Android, we'll find out later this year, we guess.