BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 unveiled, along with OS 7

Darren Allan

May 3, 2011

Rim has just announced a pair of new smartphones, the Bold 9900 and 9930, which come with the new BlackBerry 7 OS on board.

Rim states that the pair of handsets are the thinnest and most powerful BlackBerries yet. A whisker over 1cm thick, both phones boast a 2.8 inch capacitive “liquid graphics” VGA touchscreen (with a 287 dpi resolution), along with a Qwerty keyboard and optical trackpad.

Other specs include a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (with microSD for up to 32GB expansion) and a 5 megapixel camera (capable of 720p recording).

An accelerometer, digital compass (magnetometer) and proximity sensor are built in, along with GPS and NFC technology.

Bluetooth and wi-fi are on board, with the only difference between the two handsets being the 9900 offers Tri-Band HSPA+, with the 9930 offering Dual-Band HSPA+ and Dual-Band CDMA. Both carry Quad-Band GSM/EDGE.

BlackBerry 7 is the other major feature, a refresh to the operating system designed to make it faster in terms of rendering and web browsing. A new JIT JavaScript compiler is here to help speed along the loading of websites, with the new browser also supporting HTML5 video.

Voice activated search is another technological tweak to the OS, as is BlackBerry Balance, which is designed to keep personal and corporate data separate on the phone. This means owners can freely use social networks and personal email, while keeping any business data locked away and unable to be accidentally copied to personal contacts.

BlackBerry 7 on the Bold 9900 and 9930 will also come with a full version of Docs to Go, to enable users to load up Word, Excel and PowerPoint files onto their handset.

They’re interesting handsets certainly – and the combination of the new high resolution touchscreen with the more responsive OS 7 certainly won’t hurt the usability of the BlackBerry. However, there aren’t exactly any startling revelations here, at least not on paper.

We’ll see the phones for real when they launch at some stage during the summer.


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