RIM announces two new phones, new OS
BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 will both run on the BlackBerry 7 operating system
Research In Motion has unveiled two new BlackBerry Bold smartphones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.
Both smartphones feature an integrated BlackBerry keyboard and a hi-resolution capacitive touch screen.
"The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style," said Mike Lazaridis, president and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.”
Both models feature a stainless steel frame and a high-gloss glass-weave back plate and both measure 10.5mm thick, qualifying them as the thinnest BlackBerrys yet.
The phones operate on a 1.2GHz processor, a Liquid Graphics touch screen and support 4G/HSPA and wide area wireless networks.
The Liquid Graphics touch screen offers 60 frames-per-second performance with fast UI action and response.
The smartphones also feature 287 dpi graphics for improved visuals.
Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones have built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications). This new technology will allow users to pair the BlackBerry Bold to an accessory or read information such as a web link from smart tags by tapping their BlackBerry Bold to an NFC tag.
The smartphones have a built-in compass to support location-based services and augmented reality and which will be integrated with BlackBerry Maps and APIs.
The phones support up to 720p HD video recording and playback and users can share their videos directly from the smartphone or sync videos, as well as music and photos, to their computer using Media Sync in the BlackBerry Desktop Software.
The BlackBerry 7 OS is designed to provide an easier and faster user experience and has improved browsing, voice-activated searches and the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content.
It also features additional personal and productivity apps out of the box.
Users will also have access to the full version of Docs To Go with premium features enabled out-of-the-box so that users can work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone. Docs To Go also includes a native PDF viewer.
Both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones will be out later this year.