Thanks to an incorrectly linked video on Verizon's website, it's all but official that the next-gen BlackBerry Bold 9930 (the CDMA variant of the 9900) will be coming to Verizon and its LTE network. There's been no new update on its price or street date though, so it's still "will be available this summer" as told to me by a BB rep last month.
Engadget first reported this leaked video, which is only accessible on a page about the BlackBerry 9650 (no longer available as of August 21), based on tips from readers. At the time, you could click the "Explore Features" link and be redirected to a video about the BlackBerry 9930 that runs on BlackBerry OS 7 (BB 9650 uses OS 6).
The best part about the video is that it confirmed the 9930 will be a 4G/LTE device, but also offers a quick demo on the new multi-touch display, OS 7, a close-up of the full QWERTY keyboard and its new sleeker design. For those looking for a physical keyboard on a LTE phone, your choice just got a bit more complicated.
Here are some technical specs on the Bold 9930:
- Dimensions & Weight: 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, approximately 130 g
- Display: 2.8? capacitive touch screen display – VGA (640×480), 287 PPI resolution (Liquid Graphics)
- Input: Full, wide QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Processor, 768 MB RAM
- Internal Storage: 8 GB on-board memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
- Camera/Camcorder: 5.0 MP camera with flash, supports 720p HD video recording
- Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity Sensor
- Built-in GPS / aGPS
- Connectivity: Dual-Band Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n at 5 GHz; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support, microUSB, NFC
- Battery: 1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery
Will this Bold 9930 be the "hit device" that RIM needs to re-establish its former leadership role in the smartphone industry, as Larry Dignan mentioned in his post about the new round of layoffs announced yesterday? Weigh in the comments below.
[Updated August 21 to remove broken links and adding links to Verizon's BlackBerry 9930 product page.]
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