RIM Refreshes BlackBerry Bold with 9900 and 9930 Smartphones

RIM Refreshes BlackBerry Bold with 9900 and 9930 Smartphones

Research in Motion (RIM) just kicked off its BlackBerry World 2011 event the other day and one of the highlights so far is the revelation of the new smartphones in the Bold lineup: the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Bold 9930.

These devices will be the first to run in the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which RIM says “provides 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.” It also brings HTML5 support and the new Just-in-Time (JIT) JavaScript engine to the browser. The BlackBerry 7 OS could be the last software update to power future BlackBerry handsets before the Canadian smartphone maker fully takes on the QNX OS. Unfortunately, BlackBerry handsets already out in the market won’t be able to upgrade to BB 7.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry 9930 have the same key hardware specs and features except that each of these handsets has added support to different wireless networks (4G to be specific). The Bold 9900 supports Tri-Band HSPA+ and Quad-Band GSM/EDGE networks; while the latter supports Dual-Band CDMA/EVDO Rev A, Dual-Band HSPA+, and Quad-Band GSM/EDGE as well.

Here’s what you’ll get from these new BlackBerry Bold smartphones:

1.2 GHz Processor
768 MB RAM
8 GB on-board memory, microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB
2.8″ capacitive touch screen display – VGA (640×480)
Full, wide QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
NFC technology
5.0 MP camera with flash, 720p HD video recording and playback
Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer)
Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
Proximity Sensor
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 support
115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, approximately 130 g
1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery

RIM says that the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones will be available in all carriers around the globe comes summer, so expect these handsets to land in the Philippine shores some time in Q3.

Update: BlackBerry Bold 9900 available now in Philippines for a SRP of  Php 31,690.

Have a quick look of the video demo of BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 after the break.

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