RIM has just taken the wraps off the BlackBerry Bold 9900 series, which will be the first in this series to have both a keyboard and a touchscreen. These slim models will also be the first with BlackBerry OS 7, NFC, and a 1.2GHz processor.
BlackBerrys with touchscreens aren’t a new thing, and physical keyboards have been part of RIM’s smartphones from the very beginning, and this new series is going offer both. It will use a slender bar shape, with a 2.8-inch, VGA (640 x 480), 287 dpi capacitive display set above a small thumb-keyboard and optical trackpad.
The new series are going to run BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz processor, the fastest chip used in a smartphone from RIM. The new version of the operating system includes an improved web browser and voice-activated searches, but its major new feature is called BlackBerry Balance, which is designed to keep work and personal information and activities separate. More information is available in this article:
Bold 9990 Wireless Capabilities and More
The two models in this series are almost identical, but with one significant difference: the Bold 9900 will be for GSM networks that offer HSPA+ 4G connectivity, while the 9930 is for CDMA networks with EV-DO Rev. A. This second device will also be a worldphone, so it will include GSM, too. This means that multiple carriers in the U.S. could offer a device from this series.
In addition to support for high-speed cellular-wireless networks, the Bold 9900 series also includes Dual-Band Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n at 5 GHz. It also has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, and will be one of the very first smartphones with NFC (Near Field Communications) an emerging standard that will allow devices to be used a electronic credit cards to quickly make purchases.
These smartphones will have 768 MB of RAM, 8 GB on-board memory, plus a microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards. Other features will include a 5.0 MP camera with support for 720p HD video recording, a 1230 mAh battery, orientation sensor (accelerometer), digital compass (magnetometer), proximity sensor.
RIM says that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this summer, but didn’t get specific about which carriers or even what countries. Pricing also was not discussed.