Research in Motion (RIM) is upping the game with the soon to be released BlackBerry 9000, which is rumored to have the name the BlackBerry Bold, much like the 8300 series became the BlackBerry Curve. The Bold is seen as an advanced PDA that combines the consumer multimedia of the BlackBerry Curve and the professional looks from the BlackBerry 8800 series.
Does the BlackBerry Bold have what it takes to compete in the consumer segment with the HTC Touch Diamond and the iPhone?
According to CrackBerry, the specs are:
*Size – Length: 144mm, Width: 66mm, Thickness: 14mm
*Weight (with battery) – 133g (same as the 88xx series. I can attest to it!)
*Memory – 1GB on-board (storage) and 128 MB Flash (applications)
*Battery – 1500mAhr lithium cell
*Est. Battery Life – Standby: 13 days, Talk Time: 5 hours
*Network Support – UMTS: 2100 / 1900 / 850MHz, GSM: 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz, GPRS, EDGE and HDSPA networks
*Wi-Fi – 803.11a/b/g enabled
*Display – HVGA, 480 x 320 pixels, Transmissive TFT LCD, supports over 65k colors
*Media Player, Video Support – DivX 4, Div X 5 & 6 are partially supported, XviD is partially supported, H.263, H.264 and WMV3
*Media Player, Audio Support – .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
*Media Player, Audio – BlackBerry Media Sync allows you to transfer your desktop iTunes music to your BlackBerry!!!
*Camera – 2.0MP, 5 x digital zoom (with flash of course)
*GPS – internal GPS with extended ephemeris, BB Maps is standard
*Bluetooth – Bluetooth v2.0, all the normal stuff and Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVCRP
*USB Port – Enables charging and high-speed data synchronizations via USB “A” to mini-USB “B” cable (I can personally say moving files back and forth is now lightning quick!)
*Browser – HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support
It looks like the operating system is getting refined with some new features and icons. The big thing here is that this will be the first 3G BlackBerry on the HSDPA/GSM network for fast data access.
CrackBerry received a pre-released engineering edition of the BlackBerry Bold. Below is the unboxing video:
And another CrackBerry video showing the operating system: