New breed of BlackBerry Bold handsets with touch and type interface announced; arriving in India next month.
The new products are not very different from the existing smartphones in the BlackBerry Bold range. The only exception is that with regular functionality, the user will get a touchscreen along with Qwerty keypad and trackpad.
The new BlackBerry Bold Touch handsets are slated for global launch soon and the expected date of arrival in India is not before June 2011 as confirmed by our sources. Prices of handsets are expected to be close to Rs 25,000 for the features that the new devices offer.
Both the handsets have similar specifications. BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 support fourth generation networks, or 4G, with HSPA+">HSPA+ data connectivity. The devices are powered by 1.2 GHz processor that operates at almost double the speed of the processors of existing BlackBerry phones. Along with it, the 768 MB of RAM ensures smooth functioning.
The new handsets will feature 8GB of onboard memory for storage, along with support for 32GB of expandable memory via SDHC cards. The operating system has also been totally overhauled. The new Bold Touch handsets will feature BlackBerry OS v7, which gives fast yet reliable performance for most present day tasks.
"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-chief executive officer, RIM.
The display is one thing the company is majorly boasting about. The 2.8 inch display features VGA or 640 x 480 pixel resolution with 287 dpi pixel density per inch, for detailed and more vibrant graphics, along with the capacitive touch interface. The devices will have built in features to support Near Field Communication technology for touch-less transactions and the new OS will have built in support for augmented reality applications.
The difference between the two, Bold 9900 and 9930, is in their modes of connectivity. The 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity; while the 9930 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.
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