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BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 Unveiled

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RIM is holding its annual event in Florida for the next couple of days, and to kick off BlackBerry World it has announced a couple of new smartphones which will run BlackBerry OS 7.

The two new handsets are essentially the same phone with one version destined for the US (9900) and one for the rest of the world (9930). The handsets are touted as RIM’s thinnest yet at a mere 10.5mm wide. They come with a brushed stainless-steel surround and a high-gloss glass-weave backplate. The iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard sits below a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen featuring RIM’s Liquid Graphics technology and a pixel density of 287 dpi. Inside the new Bold handsets feature Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable with microSD), NFC technology, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi. There is a 5 megapixel rear camera supporting up to 720p HD video recording and playback.

To add to the appeal of these phones, RIM has announced the new BlackBerry OS 7 – however for owners of older handsets the Canadian company has said there will be no legacy support meaning there won’t be any official updates for those phones currently running BlackBerry OS 6. The reason for this, according to RIM, is how tightly integrated the software is with the underlying graphics hardware in the new touch-capable Bold handsets. The OS itself promises an easier and faster user experience with improved browsing, voice-activated searches, the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, as well as additional personal and productivity apps out of the box. The browser includes a new JIT (just in time) JavaScript compiler to improve the load time speed of web pages as well as support for additional HTML5 elements, such as HTML5 Video.

The new handsets are due to arrive sometime this summer and we’ll keep an eye on when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on them. While the handsets and the new OS are more evolution then revolution we imagine there will be a lot of BB fans looking to get their hands on the Bold 9930 when it arrives.

Source: RIM

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