RIM announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900

BlackBerry World officially kicks off tomorrow but that did not stop Research In Motion from today announcing the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones. They are the first to combine the Bold’s form factor with touchscreen display and the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

“The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.”

BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 7
  • Cellular connectivity (9900): Quad-band GSM and tri-band HSPA+
  • Cellular connectivity (9930): Dual-band CDMA and EV-DO Rev. A, dual-band HSPA+, and quad-band GSM
  • Other connectivity: GPS/aGPS, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 2.8-inch VGA capacitive touchscreen
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video recording
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1230mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 115 x 66 x 10.5 millimeters / 130 grams
  • Other: NFC support, built-in compass (magnetometer)

Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this summer.

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