RIM unveils BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones

Research in Motion has unveiled a pair of new smartphones at BlackBerry World in Orlando on Monday. Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are based on the new BlackBerry OS 7 platform.

Research in Motion has unveiled a pair of new smartphones ahead of BlackBerry World in Orlando on Monday. Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are based on the new BlackBerry OS 7 platform.

There is only one real difference between these two 4G-enabled models: the 9900 supports HSPA+ connectivity, while the 9930 is an international device supporting CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.

Also dubbed as the Bold Touch, the BlackBerry 9900/9930 sports a high-gloss glass-weave backplate, a sophisticated brushed stainless steel frame with a 10.5mm width, making this model the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet. Don't worry, BlackBerry fans - the traditional QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad are still there. RIM is also getting onboard with mobile shopping quicker with the integration of NFC technology support.

Here's a look at the rest of the features packed into the BlackBerry 9900/9930:

  • 2.8-inch Liquid Graphics capacitive touch screen (640 x 480 resolution)
  • 1.2GHz processor with 768 MB RAM
  • 8 GB of memory
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB)
  • Built-in GPS / aGPS
  • 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
  • 5.0-megapixel rear camera with 720p HD video recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Full version of Docs To Go with all premium features enabled
  • 1,230mAh removable, rechargeable battery
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces

Exact pricing and availability haven't revealed. The most specific answer being given now is that these BlackBerry Bold models will be available with "carriers around the world" starting this summer.

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