The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is a milestone in the history of RIM. The Canadian manufacturer has for the first time dared to incorporate a touch screen to one of its models traditional keyboard. A winning bet?
Since the release of the first ever BlackBerry Bold in 2008, this range has established itself as the ultimate line from the Canadian manufacturer RIM. They have tried, with success, staying with tactile models. But the Bold represent the quintessence of the demands of the most demanding users of BlackBerry.
It’s a particularly gloomy economic environment for the launch of the Blackberry Bold 9900. Yet it is a fundamentally important model for RIM since this is the first smartphone to combine the iconic QWERTY keyboard to a touchscreen. Therefore risky, but necessary to avoid falling further behind competitors.
With important issues to address, RIM has kept a large size for its new Blackberry Bold 9900. This smartphone comes in the format of the first Bold, the 9000, a slightly larger size than the two previous Bold (9700 and 9780) with dimensions of 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm and weight 130 grams.
The screen is much more extended with a diagonal of 2.8 inches (640 x 480 pixels), in line with the dimensions dictated by the first Bold. But it is above the keyboard keys where the cell phone exceeds expectation.
A material step forward is ensured with a Qualcomm MSM 8655 chipstet, in which the processor is clocked at 1.2 GHz, and supported by 768 MB of memory (RAM). The sensor 5 megapixel camera can now shoot in 720p HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). The smartphone has an internal memory of 8 GB for storing multimedia content or other stuff, and a microSD memory card slot. Finally connectivity side, the new Bold is at the forefront with compatibility with 3G + (HSDPA to 14, 4 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps), with Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n), Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and even the NFC. All runs with the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system OS7. It embeds a 1230 mAh battery which allows you to call, according to data provided by the manufacturer for 5:50 on 3G and take 307 hours of standby time.
The Blackberry Bold 9900 does not change drastically in its design with the previous manufacturer’s smartphones. But RIM has still decided to offer a much more modern look. As mentioned in the introduction, it is the same format as the first Bold, the 9000.
Compared to last Bold (9700 and 9780), it is larger, more than six millimeters in length, and six in width. But it makes up for with its scaled down thickness, with 10.5 mm against 14 mm previously. Finally, there is little difference in a pants or jacket pocket. The Blackberry Bold 9900 does not make it more compact than its predecessors.