unveiled a couple new smartphones today that are said to be the thinnest and
most powerful Blackberry devices yet. The two smartphones are also the first to
use the new Blackberry 7 OS. The smartphones are the new Blackberry Bold 9900
"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.”
says that the new devices are only 10.5mm thick and that the materials
used on the smartphones are optimized for quality and durability. Both
smartphones have 1.2GHz processors inside, use new Liquid Graphics Touch screens,
and also support 4G HSPA+ mobile networks. The new Liquid Graphics touchscreen
is a key new feature of the devices and is powered by Blackberry OS 7 according
to RIM. The screen offers responsive touch navigation and is up to the task of
mobile gaming too. RIM claims that the screen is good for up to 60 fps
performance for video and gaming and the screen has 287dpi.
Of the two new smartphones, the 9900 supports HSPA+ networks and the 9930
supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA + global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks. Both
devices also have integrated NFC technology that will let the smartphone be
used for mobile payments and a lot more. Other features of the two phones
include an integrated compass, APIs to allow the developers to take advantage
of the hardware the phone offers, and support for HD video.
Both the 9900 and 9930 share most of the same specifications. The screen is a
2.8-inch unit with a 640 x 480 resolution. They have the QWERTY keyboard that
Blackberry devices are famous for and an optical track pad. The smartphones
also have 8GB of on board storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to
32GB cards, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. That camera will record 720p video.
Other features include 802.11a/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The new Blackberry 7 OS is as big of news as the new hardware. The new OS has
improved browsing online, voice-activated searches, and the ability to manage a
user's personal content separately from their business content. The new browser
in the OS supports HTML5 video and other elements. The browser also has a new JIT
Another feature of the new OS is BlackBerry Balance, which is the part of the
OS that separates personal from business content. That allows the user to have
one device for both parts of their life. Balance works along with BlackBerry
Enterprise Server 5.0.3 allowing the remote wiping of data on the smartphone if
lost or stolen.
quote: I'm pretty sure their acquisition of 'Torch Mobile' for the webkit based browser if finally paying dividends and should result in a much better web experience then current devices.
quote: not a true large scale enterprise solution