BlackBerry Bold 9900 to retail in Singapore 1st September

Preview of BlackBerry OS 7

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone will be available in Singapore on the 1st of September 2011.  It will be launched and sold by all three carriers here – SingTel, StarHub and M1.  Customers who are interested in getting one may pre-order it at

In a nutshell, the Bold 9900 brings back the design of the wildly popular Bold 9000, but with an enhanced form factor that is just 10.5mm thin and a touch screen.  Under the hood, it also features a super-charged 1.2GHz processor, as well as built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications).

Preview of the Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 inside
Preview of the Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 inside. Ended up giving it a miss unfortunately, as I had another appointment already scheduled

The above information was announced in at last Thursday’s preview of the BlackBerry OS 7, which RIM says will deliver a highly responsive touch interface with its “incredibly fast and smooth graphics.”

While I am more interested in the next-gen QNX-based BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry OS 7 does offer some nice features too.

  • Premium version of Documents To Go now included free of charge (RIM bought over the company)
  • BlackBerry Balance will be integrated
  • Universal search is now enhanced with support for voice-activated search
  • New BlackBerry 7 devices will come with a dedicated high-performance graphics processor
  • Native PDF document viewer (Finally!)
  • Up to 40% faster browsing experience than BlackBerry 6-based smartphones
Finally, RIM also showed off the upcoming Torch 9810, which has a much faster processor (1.2GHz), and the Torch 9860, which is a thinner (11.5mm) touch-only BlackBerry.  Additional details about the new models can be found in the below slides.
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Bold 9900
Bold 9900
Torch 9810
Torch 9810 (A more powerful Torch 9800)
Torch 9860
Torch 9860 (11.5mm, no keyboard)

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