Sprint may be the first carrier to release the BlackBerry Bold 9650, a new high-end smartphone from RIM. Despite a name change, it will apparently be an updated version of the BlackBerry Tour 9630.
The device is expected to offer an HVGA display, full keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi and GPS, among other features.
According to information leaking from Sprint, the Bold 9650 is going to debut May 16, which could be before Verizon introduces its version of this model.
What’s in a Name?
In January, a quick note from RIM promised that it would soon announce the “BlackBerry Tour 9650.” Since then there have been numerous unconfirmed reports that the model will be renamed the BlackBerry Bold 9650.
Smartphones in the Bold and Tour series are very similar, but the Bold models are offered by GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, while the Tour devices are offered by CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon. RIM has apparently decided to give up on the different names.
A Preliminary Overview of the BlackBerry Bold 9650
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 has yet to be formally unveiled, but a lot of information is already available about it.
The device will apparently use almost exactly the same design as Tour 9630, but with an optical trackpad instead of a trackball. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, as RIM has been putting trackpads on most of its recent models.
In addition, the Bold 9650 will supposedly have a faster processor than the current model, though the exact speed is still unknown.
It will supposedly have an HVGA display, full-QWERTY keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.2 MP camera, microSD slot and a GPS receiver.