First Look: BlackBerry Bold 9900

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.


  1. Hun Boon: The Bold 9900 has Touchscreen and keyboard. Not sure when it will be out.
    NFC has limited applications for now. As more and more phones get NFC, expect to see more applications. Nokia just announced Bluetooth speakers and headset that uses NFC to pair.

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