Research in Motion unveils the Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones, fitted with Blackberry OS 7, powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and featuring native NFC and augmented reality support.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Research in Motion May 2 at its unveiled
the Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones, the first smartphones running the
company's new Blackberry 7 OS, slated for a summer release from various
RIM is under significant pressure to have a good showing
here at its Blackberry World developer conference. The mobile device maker
launched its PlayBook April 19 to largely lukewarm reviews and followed it up
10 days later by announcing an earnings shortfall for its first quarter.
RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie blamed in part an aging high-end
Blackberry handset line for the company's financial woes. That is exactly the
sort of condition RIM aims to cure with its sleek new Bolds' hardware and
At 10.5 millimeters and powered by a 1.2GHZ process, the
new Bolds are the thinnest, most powerful Blackberry smartphones ever, Jeff
McDowell, senior vice president of business and platform marketing, said in a
press briefing here.
The Bold 9900 and 9930 feature the classic Blackberry
QWERTY keyboard and a new Liquid Graphics touchscreen, powered by Blackberry 7
0S. Liquid Graphics supposedly enables better panning and zooming among the Web
browser, pictures, video and games, offering up to 60 frames-per-second
The new Bold handsets also support 4G networks, with the
9900 supporting HSPA+ connectivity and its 9930 sibling supporting CDMA EV-DO
Rev. A and HSPA+ global roaming on GSM/UMTS networks.
In a key development, both the Bold 9900 and 9930
smartphones include native support for near field communications (NFC), a
wireless communications technology that will eventually be use to enable mobile
Currently, NFC in the Bold 9900 and 9930 will read
information such as a Web link from smart tags by tapping it against an object
with an NFC sensor. Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating
system also supports NFC, though the technology has been slow to catch on.