RIM has officially unveiled the latest addition to their lineup of BlackBerry Bold phones. Called the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, it will be RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry phone to date. The Bold 9900/9930 will finally make the transition to a touchscreen phone. For all you dedicated QWERTY keyboard lovers, don’t worry, RIM hasn’t gotten rid of them, the Bold 9900/9930 will still have one and this time RIM claims it’s their best keyboard to date. Hit the break for more specs and photographs. Update: read our Bold 9900 preview!
The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 will also be the first BlackBerry device to run BlackBerry 7 OS. It will feature a 1.2GHz High Performance GPU, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB), Voice Activated universal search, and NFC capabilities (also a first for BlackBerry phones). According to its official specs, the phone will also be 4G capable on GSM networks, supporting HSPA+ (14.3mbps down/5.76mbs up), but unfortunately there’s no LTE support. It will have a rear 5 megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization and HD video recording. The phone will also support location-based services and augmented reality. No prices or territories have been announced yet but the phone is expected to arrive in late summer this year.
It looks like a huge step up from the current BlackBerry Bold which a lot of people consider outdated in today’s smartphone market. The beefier specs, BB 7 OS (especially since RIM has announced that it won’t be available for their older phones), touchscreen, 4G support, and NFC will definitely be encouraging a lot of current BlackBerry owners to upgrade, and possibly draw in new ones. Could RIM be back in the game? We’ll have to wait and see.
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