RIM announces two new BlackBerry Bold smartphones
The 9900 and the 9930 have the new BlackBerry 7 OS, improved browser
Computerworld - Research In Motion on Monday announced two new BlackBerry Bold smartphones that run on the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and include support for near field communication (NFC) technology.
The Bold 9900 and 9930 are the thinnest (10.5mm, or about four-tenths of an inch) and most powerful (with 1.2GHz processors) smartphones yet from RIM, which opened its biggest annual conference in Orlando on Monday. RIM officials had promised to deliver more NFC phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
Pricing was not announced, but both smartphones are due to be available through wireless carriers globally this summer. Interested users can register for more information on RIM's BlackBerry Bold website.
The new BlackBerry 7 operating system is designed to be faster and easier to use, with improved browsing, support for voice searches and tools that enable users to manage their personal content and work-related content separately.
RIM has previously said that the ability to keep personal content separate from business content gives IT managers a way to easily deal with the data on smartphones used by employees who leave the company. With that feature, it's possible to delete corporate data from a device but leave personal files, such as photos and music, for the user to keep.
BlackBerry 7 also includes a full version of Docs to Go for using Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone.
Both Bold smartphones have 2.8-in. touchscreens as well as physical qwerty keyboards with optical trackpads. They are equipped with 1.2GHz processors and weigh about 4.5 oz. The phones are built for easy data storage, with 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support cards that hold up to 32GB.
Each phone has a 5-megapixel camera that supports 720p high-definition video recording. The 9900 is a tri-band phone for use on HSPA+ and GSM/EDGE networks, while the 9930 is a dual-band CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, dual-band HSPA+ and quad-band GSM/EDGE device.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
- BlackBerry pushes BBM Protected for end-to-end encrypted messaging
- Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?
- HTC One M8 called a good looker and genuine rival to the Galaxy S5
- Smartphone innovation is slowing, so what's next?
- Studies show Sprint and T-Mobile need to expand U.S. coverage
- Gear Fit: Samsung strikes again with its 'build one of any device' plan
- Nokia Lumia Icon on sale Feb. 20 exclusively at Verizon
- Samsung hints at new UI for upcoming Galaxy S5
- How 'Lenovorola' changes the mobile world
- Google and Samsung grow cozier with patent deal, Motorola sale
Read more about Smartphones in Computerworld's Smartphones Topic Center.
- Why Projects Fail CIOs are expected to deliver more projects that transform business, and do so on time, on budget and with limited resources.
- The New Business Case for Video Conferencing: 7 Real-World Benefits Beyond Cost-Savings This whitepaper provides insight into the value of video conferencing in today's business environment, and how organizations are using visual collaboration to find...
- Gartner Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools The client management tool market is maturing and evolving to adapt to consumerization, desktop virtualization, and an ongoing need to improve efficiency.
- Audit Ready and Asset Optimized: The Solid Promise of an Intelligent Software Asset Management Solution In this paper Frost & Sullivan examines the benefits of enterprise-grade Software Asset Management solutions, and how these solutions serve as the convergence...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy... All Smartphones White Papers | Webcasts