RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 (preview)

BlackBerry Bold 9900: RIM's latest BlackBerry Bold gets a capacitive touchscreen, a 1.2GHz processor and the latest BlackBerry 7 OS

RIM has launched the thinnest BlackBerry ever and equipped it with a long-awaited capacitive touchscreen and powerful processor. Similar to Apple's iPhone 4, the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is constructed from a combination of glass and stainless steel but comes with BlackBerry's well-renowned physical keyboard.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9900 combines a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen with a full QWERTY keyboard. It uses a combination of glass on the front and a stainless steel band, and measures just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry ever made. RIM describes the design as "a lustrous exterior with a brushed stainless steel frame and a high-gloss glass-weave back plate."

Under the hood, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 768MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The Bold 9900 will also be the first BlackBerry to ship with the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system. Amongst the new features are and improved, faster Web browser, voice-activated searches, the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content with BlackBerry Balance, as well as a number of additional personal and productivity applications.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 also includes an integrated Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology; the same used in many new credit cards, whereby the card can be simply swiped across a smart chip to make a purchase.

Other features of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 include a 5-megapixel camera that doubles as a 720p HD video recorder, and a full version of the Docs To Go app allowing users to read and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. There is no front-facing camera for video calling.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available through Optus retail stores, online and other sales channels from early September. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Ockie

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Come on RIM you are supposed to be a globetrotting corporate handset manufacturer but still only have the same tri band 3G radio which means different handset versions for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. The latest Nokias have penta band 3G and the iPhone4 is a quad band 3G – Wake up RIM and make it easy for organisations that use different carriers!!!!

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