Let me tell you, it deserves the name Bold.
Metal-clad BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be officially released in the Philippines on October 7, 2011 with a suggested retail price of Php 31,000 without contract and with 2-years warranty.
Bringing Stunning Looks Back to the Bold Line
Not to take anything away from the look of BlackBerry Bold 9700 and 9780 but I don't really think they're anywhere near BlackBerry Bold 9000 (the phone that came before them) when it comes to elegance of design and construction. Flaunting metal band on its sides and faux leather at the rear and having a relatively massive build, Bold 9000 is probably one of the best-looking smartphones RIM has ever released.
As someone who's been following the development of RIM smartphones for sometime now, I find it relieving to know that RIM is bringing sheer grandeur back to the design of handsets under its flagship line. I know a lot of BlackBerry Bold fans who prefer the look of BB Bold 9000 over that of 9700, and for sure, they'll be glad to know that BlackBerry Bold 9900 - replete with brushed stainless steel frame - looks just like an updated version of their favorite BlackBerry handset from 2008.
Thin Yet Powerful!
BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BB smartphone yet at only 10.5 millimeters, and the first to offer a combination of high performance BB keyboard, trackpad and capacitive touch display integrated within its iconic BlackBerry Bold design.
The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) Support. NFC is a new technology that is enabling many new capabilities, including the ability to pair with NFC-enabled accessories such as speakers and earphones or read SmartPoster tags with one tap of the smartphone.
Enhanced Browsing Experience
BlackBerry 7, the operating system of BlackBerry Bold 9900, introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster and more fluid web browsing experience. Combining the improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine with the hardware enhancements in the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the BB 7 Browser delivers browsing speeds that are 40% faster than BlackBerry 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones.
Pinoys Welcome Mr. Ray Gillenwater, RIM Country Manager for the Philippines!
Mr. Hastings Singh (RIM VP for South Asia) and Mr. Ray Gillenwater (RIM Country Manager for the Philippines), respectively, holding their BlackBerry Bold 9900.
Watch Mr. Gillenwater present BlackBerry Bold 9900's features to the media during the handset's launch last Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Ayala Museum --
To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, here are the complete technical specifications of BlackBerry Bold 9900:
|Name||BlackBerry Bold 9900|
|Type||Touch and Type - Thumb-type Full QWERTY Candybar with Capacitive Touchscreen Display|
|Price Category||High-End (Flagship Release)|
|Dimensions||115 x 66 x 10.5 mm|
|Operating System||BlackBerry 7 OS|
|Display||2.8 inches (~286 ppi pixel density), 640 x 480 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1.2 GHz QC 8655 processor|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2592x1944 pixels, LED flash|
|Audio and Video Playback|| MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player |
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA player
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, NFC, 3G HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100|
|Memory||8GB storage, 768 MB RAM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1230 mAh|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 307 hours and Talk time of up to 6 hours 30 minutes on 2G Talk time of up to 5 hours 50 minutes on 3G|
|Value-Added Features||Optical Trackpad, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Maps, Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry|
|Announcement||September 26, 2011 in the Philippines|
|Availability||October 7, 2011|