When Research In Motion took the wraps off the BlackBerry Bold 9900 Series last month, the company promised it would be on the market in early summer. Now, however, one of RIM’s co-CEOs says the launch of the first smartphone with BlackBerry OS 7 has been pushed back.
The Bold 9900 and 9930 are important products for RIM, as they are the only smartphones this company is going to release throughout most of 2011. The BlackBerry maker is hoping they will help stave off competition from the iPhone and the myriad models running the Android OS.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Series Preview
BlackBerrys with touchscreens are nothing new, and small keyboards have been a feature of most RIM smartphones from the beginning, but this new series is going offer both: a 2.8-inch, VGA (640 x 480), capacitive display set above a small thumb-keyboard and optical trackpad.
The Bold 9700 models will run BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz processor. 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.
The two models in this series will be nearly identical but one internal difference: the Bold 9900 will be for GSM networks that offer HSPA+ 4G connectivity (like AT&T and T-Mobile), while the 9930 has been designed for CDMA networks with EV-DO Rev. A (like Verizon and Sprint). This second device will also be a worldphone, so it will include GSM, too.
Also on the feature list is Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, and NFC. They will have 768 MB of RAM, 8 GB on-board memory, plus a microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards. Other features are going to include a 5.0 megapixel camera with support for 720p HD video recording and a 1230 mAh battery.