Everyone like to associate the colour white with Christmas. It probably makes more sense in countries with winter. Here in Singapore, Christmas seems grey with all the rain pouring down.
Nevertheless, handset makers would still use this opportunity to roll out white colour phones. Personally, I’m not a fan of white colour phones. But I know I’m the rare minority. There’s lots of white phone lovers out there.
So here are some of the white phones hitting our shelves for this holiday season.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio ($868 without contract)
￼HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio ($908 without contract)
HTC Incredible S ($648 without contract)
HTC Radar ($569 without contract)
Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 Operating System. We will most likely only see 3 of them in Singapore since the other 2 are CDMA phones.
BlackBerry 7 OS
The new BlackBerry 7 OS comes with a new BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. The advance WebKit browser engine together withhardware enhancement is able to deliver browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry 6. The new browser also have optimised zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimised HTML5 performance.
The new BlackBerry 7 based smartphone also feature Liquid Graphics technology and dedicated graphics processor.
BlackBerry Bold 9900
I’ve played with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 few weeks ago. Quite like it. Check out my First Look posting.
BlackBerry Torch 9810
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is the improved version of the current BlackBerry Torch 9800. Still have 3.2 inch screen and slide out keyboard. But comes with faster processor and BlackBerry 7 OS.
BlackBerry Torch 9860
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a 3.7 inch touchscreen phone without any physical keyboard. I was kinda expecting RIM to release a BlackBerry phone in this form factor. This is the largest screen smartphone ever from RIM.
No release date or pricing available yet for Singapore. Stay tuned.
Managed to get a sneak peak at the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900. The Bold series is RIM’s flagship model and the Bold 9900 certainly live up to expectation.
The Bold 9900 is the slimmest BlackBerry ever with just 10.5 mm thick. It has a beautiful and elegant forged, machined stainless steel frame. It has a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen. (640×480 resolution, 16 million colours and 287 ppi) 1.2GHz processor with 8GB memory. 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording.
The Bold 9900 is the first BlackBerry phone that comes with Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. This is great as we are expecting more and more new phones with NFC chip. Hopefully we will see more services using NFC. I understand that RIM haven’t release the NFC API to the developers. I guess the developers are dying to get their hands on the API so that they can jump on the bandwagon first.
One thing I love about the Bold 9900 is the wide keyboard. The keyboard on the Bold 9900 is much more generous than the keyboard on the BlackBerry Torch and Bold 2. It feels very comfortable when typing on the keyboard.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the first BlackBerry phone to run OS 7. The look and feel of OS 7 is very similar to OS 6. I guess most of the changes are in the background like NFC support, improved performance, better web browser, voice search etc etc. Sadly, the older BlackBerry phones like Torch and Bold 9780 will not be getting the OS 7 upgrade.
There’s no exact launch date or pricing for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 yet. Expect it to be out sometime this year.
PS: This is a very early first look. Some of the things here might change as we approach the actual launch date.