Enterprise Mobility: RIM Blackberry Bold 9900, 9930 Pack Power in Thin Package
ORLANDO, Fla.Research in Motion May 2 offered a glimpse of its forthcoming Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones, which are the thinnest Blackberry smartphones as well as the most powerful. They are fitted with 1.2GHz processors and driven by the company's new Blackberry 7 operating system and a 1230 mAh rechargeable battery. The phones, which RIM hopes will put the company back on track to curb its waning smartphone share, will be available worldwide this summer with 8GB on-board memory and a microSD slot supporting memory cards up to 32GB. The 9900 and 9930 differ only in their wireless radio capabilities. Both support 4G networks with the 9900 supporting HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) connectivity and the 9930 supporting CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Rev. A along with HSPA+ global roaming on GSM networks. Blackberry 7 offers a number of interesting upgrades, including voice search and new social feeds. But RIM is also packing functionality already offered in Apple's iPhone, smartphones based on Google's Android platform and some that neither have. One feature the new Bold has in common with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" build is native support for NFC (near-field communications), which enables wireless data exchange between devices equipped with NFC sensors. One future NFC application would be mobile payments. The Bold also integrates the Wikitude augmented reality browser, which neither the iPhone nor Android rivals offer. This eWEEK slide show walks readers through a brief hands-on demo and the full technical specs for the Bold 9900 and 9930.