BlackBerry Bold 9900 (Bold 5) and Bold 9930 are highend members of the BlackBerry Bold family of smartphones. Like the BlackBerry Torch 9800, BB Bold 9900 and 9930 feature a capacitive touch screen and a full physical QWERTY keyboard (first BlackBerry Bold phones with touchscreen). However, they are not slide-out design as in the BlackBerry Torch 9800.
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 runs RIM’s latest Operating System BlackBerry 7 OS, two of seven BlackBerry phones that will be launched this year with BlackBerry 7 OS, as RIM replaces its aging BlackBerry smartphone lineup with newer high-performance models for better competitiveness against Apple iPhone and Android Phones.
BlackBerry 7 OS on solid hardware
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 are the first phones to feature the new BlackBerry 7 OS with its Liquid Graphics that promises a faster performance. Swiping, zooming and scrolling around apps and websites will be fast and easy. Aside being fast, BlackBerry 7 OS adds some interesting features to BlackBerry phones like improved universal search with voice enabled search, support for Near Field Communication (NFC), support for 720p HD video recording, and support for augmented reality apps.
BlackBerry 7 OS is not solely responsible for the high performance of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930. These two phones feature a powerful 1.2GHz processor with 768MB RAM, contributing to its super fast performance. This could also be the reason BlackBerry 7 OS may not run in older BlackBerry phones and why RIM is pushing new BlackBerry 7 OS phones to the market.
A BB Bold with Touchscreen & QWERTY keyboard
Like the BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 combines a touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard, the same 35-key trademark QWERTY keyboard available on most BlackBerry phones. However, Bold Touch features the standard BlackBerry Bold candy bar design (not slide as in Torch 9800).
Blackberry Bold Touch has a 2.8-inch Touchscreen offering a VGA resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. The display quality is good, but not HD. So, although BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 can record 720p HD, you cannot watch HD quality on its display. Like in the Blackberry Bold 9700 and later BB Bold phones, the Bold Touch features a Touch-sensitive optical trackpad, which is easier to use than the trackball. Users can easily switch from touchscreen to keyboard or trackpad seamlessly.
A HD 5MP Camera
Although some users are demanding for more, the Blackberry Bold 9900 Touch and 9930 features a 5 megapixels camera. This on the face value will look similar to the camera on Bold 9780 and Torch 9800, but the 5 megapixel camera on BB Bold Touch is more sensitive offering up to 720p HD video recording, much better than the VGA camera on Bold 9780 and Torch 9800. The camera features autofocus, image stabilisation, LED flash, 2× digital zoom, face detection, and Geotagging.
Data and Network support
The major difference between the two Blackberry Bold Touch phones is that BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 (Bold 5) is a Tri-Band WCDMA/HSPA+ phone with Quad-Band GSM/EDGE support, while BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 is a Dual-Band CDMA/EVDO Rev A, Dual-Band WCDMA/HSPA+, and Quad-Band GSM/EDGE phone. So in summary Bold Touch 9930 adds a CDMA/EVDO Rev.A radio to the Touch 9900.
Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 supports dual-band wireless LAN networks with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support at 2.4GHz and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/n support at 5GHz.
BlackBerry has faced fierce competition from Apple and Android in its stronghold corporate consumers. So expect the BlackBerry Bold Touch to support business connectivity features like:
- corporate data access
- WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise
- Cisco CCX certified
- SMS/MMS messaging
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- wireless email
- BlackBerry Messenger
- built-in internet modem
- push email
- extensive email support
- Social networking
- Instant messaging
Pricing and availability
Other features of Blackberry Bold 9900 Touch (Bold 5):
- BlackBerry 7.0 OS
- 1.2GHz Processor
- 768MB RAM
- NFC support (smart tags, e-wallet, etc)
- 8 GB on-board memory, supports up to 32 GB cards Buy Memory card
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
- Built-in GPS /A-GPS
- Integrated speaker and microphone
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone
- 3.5mm audio support
- Trackpad navigation
- Video support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
- Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
- 3G WCDMA/HSPA+
- CDMA/EVDO Rev.A (BB Bold Touch 9930 only)
- Quad-band GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
- Document reader (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- 1230 mAH rechargeable battery
You can also visit your GSM operators for information on available BlackBerry phones.