Meet the latest addition to RIM's high-end Blackberry Bold line, the recently unveiled Blackberry Bold 9650 --
"The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love. Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience."
- Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion
BlackBerry Bold 9650 supports 3G EVDO networks in North America and HSPA/UMTS in other parts of the globe. It also features a 3.2 Megapixel Camera with flash, full-QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. The smartphone likewise includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with 2 GB card included.
Case and Design:
Looks-wise, BB Bold 9650 dons the exact same form factor as that of the wifi-less Blackberry Tour but has a trackpad instead of a trackball for navigation, making it look kind of similar to Blackberry Bold 9700. Like Tour, Bold 9650 has thick chrome highlights on the sides reminiscent of the highly-pronounced metal accents of the very popular Blackberry Bold 9000. BB Bold 9650 has dimensions of 4.4" x 2.4" x .56" and weights only 4.8 oz.
Overall, I think 9650 looks better than the Bold model it succeeded - only because I think Tour looks better than Bold 9700 - but hardly offers any update in specifications (save for being CDMA equipped) nor in user interface.
CDMA and GSM Capable:
Blackberry Bold 9650 is both CDMA and GSM equipped, which means that we can use it with any network that we have in the Philippines. It's actually a CDMA worldphone version of Blackberry Bold 9700 - which was GSM only - but it also has a SIM card slot that travelers can use abroad.
We've yet to hear word from RIM and/or its PR agency in the country if there are plans to bring this BB here.