New BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 with BlackBerry 7 OS announced
RIM has officially introduced two new BlackBerry smartphones – the Bold 9900 and Bold 9930.
Previously known as BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Dakota and BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Montana, the two smartphones are the first in the Bold series to feature full QWERTY keyboards and touchscreen displays (2.8 inch, 640 x 480 pixels), as well as the first to run the brand new BlackBerry OS 7.
BB OS 7 “provides an easier and faster user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, as well as additional personal and productivity apps out of the box.”
The only difference between the Bold 9900 and Bold 9930 is that the first has tri-band HSPA+ and quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, while the latter supports dual-band CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, dual-band HSPA+, and quad-band GSM/EDGE networks. Obviously, the 9930 would make a great global smartphone for Verizon and Sprint (neither of the carriers announced the handset, but they’ll probably do it soon).
Common features of the 9900 and 9930:
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/n (5 GHz)
- Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
- BlackBerry Balance (find out more about it here)
- 5MP camera with 720p video recording
- 1.2 GHz single-core processor
- 768 MB RAM
- 8GB of on-board memory
- MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
- 1230 mAh removable battery
According to RIM, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Bold 9930 will be available around the world “starting this summer.” Pricing details have not been unveiled. You can check out the two handsets here at RIM.
Via Press release