The long-awaited BlackBerry Bold Touch, officially named the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 is now available on Verizon.
First shown off at BlackBerry World earlier this year, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 made quite a splash when it was unveiled. Marrying touchscreen functionality with that must-have BlackBerry keyboard, the Bold 9900 (the CDMA version is the 9930) boasts the best of both worlds. RIM officially announced the phone at the beginning of this month and promised availability starting at the end of this month. However, here we are, barely half-way through August, and the 9930 has already hit Verizon.
Another day means another BlackBerry launch rumor, and today it’s Verizon’s turn. We already knew Big Red’s been prepping its version of the Bold Touch 9930, evidenced when the carrier accidentally published the video on its own site. So when can we expect to see the fabled handset available for purchase? If CrackBerry’s leaked screenshot is to be believed, launch day is tomorrow; it appears that the smartphone will be pushed through direct fulfillment channels first, followed by a carrier-wide release set for August 25th. So, early adopters may want to make a phone call first thing in the morning and ask, just in case operators really are standing by.
The new BlackBerry Torch 9810 aims to outdo the Torch 9800. We take a look to see if it’s successful.
We see how RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 stacks up against the Torch 9800.
BlackBerry Torch 9800 – 111 x 62 x 14.5mm, 161g
BlackBerry Torch 9810 – 111 x 62 x 14.5mm, 161g
Visually there’s virtually no difference between the 9800 and the new 9810. It’s pretty much exactly the same shell stuffed with new internal hardware.
That’s fine by us – we love the looks of the Torch as it’s very sleek, very modern and a bit different from the status quo.
“The smartphone is built on a new performance driven platform powered by the latest BlackBerry software and hardware,” said the company in a statement.
“In addition to supporting the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the phone features a range of powerful hardware enhancements, including HD (hi-definition) video recording and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications such as Wikitude that can be integrated with BlackBerry messenger 6,” it added.
Sprint plans to sell the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850, Research in Motion’s two newest handsets, for $250 and $150 with a two-year contract on August 21.
The Overland Park, Kan.-based carrier said the new 4G devices both feature a 1.2-gigahertz processor and world phone capabilities. The Bold boasts a thinner frame and wider keyboard while the Torch is RIM’s first touch screen-only handset.
Both phones also run BlackBerry 7 OS, which the company claims can surf the Internet four times faster than previous 6 OS handsets. But if 7 OS is speedier, RIM promises its upcoming QNX system will blow previous platforms out of the water.
Ready to get “back to cool”? Apparently $250 will get you a brand new BlackBerry Bold 9930 from Sprint, according to a leaked flyer obtained by BGR. Although, as per usual, a two-year agreement is required. Along with Bold 9930 pricing, the flyer also points to pricing details for the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9850.
Priced at $150, the Torch 9850 will probably do pretty well considering its a relatively low-priced full touchscreen device, and the first for RIM. We’re not sure if $250 is a bit too high for the Bold 9930 based on specs, but only a full review can clear that up.
A new report is claiming that Research in Motion is planning to launch a new breed of BlackBerry device next year.
A new BlackBerry rumor was posted by Boy Genius Report citing “sources” that the Canada-based smartphone maker Research in Motion is now testing a new BlackBerry phone, only this time, will be sprinkled by the QNX’s technology.
According to the article, Research in Motion is still on its intention to maintain the company’s good smartphone battery life public image, and wants its new devices to stay the same — and the report has concluded that the QNX-based BlackBerry phone named “Colt” will still sport a good battery life because the company’s early tests are using single-core processor only.
Canadians hankering to get their hands on the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled last week should know Telus Corp. appears to be offering them for the lowest prices in Canada.
On Friday, Telus released pricing information for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Torch 9810, setting the cost at $149.99 and $129.99 respectively with the purchase of a 3-year service plan. Purchasing the same devices through Rogers with the same term agreement, however, will cost $249.99 for the Bold and $199.99 for the Torch.
That makes the Bold $100 less expensive and the Torch $70 lower when purchased through Telus.
Not satisfied with all of the BlackBerry OS 7 devices that RIM just rolled out? Well, then you’ll probably be delighted with the newly leaked BlackBerry Curve 9380 which has been caught in the wild for the first time. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the phone that we saw labeled ‘BlackBerry Curve Touch’ in that enormous RIM roadmap leak awhile back.
The photos, which were posted over on the CrackBerry forums, show the Curve 9380 in all of its glory. Sadly, the poster neglected to give us any details about the device but we can take a few thing away. First, it obviously doesn’t have a physical keyboard. It’s all-touch people. It also has a camera of unknown quality that will be taking advantage of a flash.
RIM is a Canadian company so it was no surprise that Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers were the first to get RIM’s latest and greatest BlackBerry device, theBlackBerry Bold 9900. However, we know that the latest Bold won’t just be limited to the Canadian borders and will be launching worldwide over the course of the next few months.
And today, it has reached the shores of the United Kingdom as Vodafone has announced that it is now available on its network even after it’s pre-order page stated that it wouldn’t be available until August 16th. Four days early is nice in the world of smartphones, believe me.