T-Mobile USA is the first wireless carrier to commit to offering the BlackBerry Bold 9900, a high-end model that was unveiled yesterday. This will be one of the first BlackBerrys with both a Touchscreen and a keyboard.
RIM says the Bold 9900 is going to launch at some point this summer, but didn’t name any of the carriers that will be offering it to their customers. T-Mobile USA stepped up to the plate to say it’s picking up this model, but was equally vague about when, just saying it will be out later this year.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Preview
RIM’s next flagship device 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. This is the typical design for the Bold series, but this will the first in this series with a touchscreen.
The Bold 9900 is also going to be the first to run BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz processor with 768 MB of RAM, 8 GB on-board memory, and a microSD slot. The next update to RIM’s operating system will be an enhanced version of the current one with updated apps, not the change to the QNX-based OS that will start in 2012.
This BlackBerry is going to support T-Mobile’s 4H HSPA+ network, plus it will have dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and even NFC (Near Field Communications). Other features will include a 5.0 MP camera with support for 720p HD video recording and a 1230 mAh battery.
T-Mobile Is Alive and Well
Earlier this year, AT&T announced plans to acquire T-Mobile, and the deal is currently undergoing regulatory overview. This has caused some customers to shy away from T-Mobile, but the company is carrying on with business as usual.
Since the announcement, the carrier has launched a number of new smartphones — like the T-Mobile Sidekick and T-Mobile G2x — and promised to add more to its product lineup in the coming months.