RIM has unveiled the latest addition to the BlackBerry Bold series earlier this week. The Bold 9900 will run on the BlackBerry 7 OS and will incorporate a 1.2GHz processor and the thinnest (10.5mm) form factor of a BlackBerry smartphone to date. Most importantly however, is the news that the Bold 9900 will incorporate a 2.8-inch touch screen display!
Now, I’m using a BlackBerry Torch 9800 as my work phone right now, and really loved its large screen as well as the touch integration. The Bold 9900 does hold a certain appeal however; after all, 10.5mm is the thickness of the bottom half of the Torch – a slide phone, and is also thinner than the iPhone 3GS. And with touch capability and a faster processor thrown in (The Torch can be very mildly laggy at times), it will be tempting to get a 9900 when it is available in Singapore.
Note that the 9900 should not be confused with the 9930, which is the same device but incorporating a CDMA radio.
I’ve summarized the specifications for the Bold 9900 below:
Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 10.5mm
Processor: 1.2GHz with High Performance GPU
Memory: 768 MB RAM / 8GB internal storage (Up to 32GB)
Display: 2.8-inch (640 x 480 @ 287 PPI)
Radio: HSPA+ (14.4mbps down/5.76mbps up)
Camera: 5MP with Flash, Image Stabilization and HD video recording
Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz b/g/n, 5GHz a/n
Connectivity: Micro USB, Bluetooth, NFC
Others: Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity
The Bold 9900 will be available in the U.S. in Q3 this year.
And in case you were wondering, RIM has said that BlackBerry OS 7 will not be available for earlier BlackBerry models…
Below are some product photos of the Bold 9900 that I’ve gotten from RIM. Click to view them in higher-resolutions.