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RIM launches 3G BlackBerry 9000 ‘Bold’

Posted by SG on Sunday, May 18, 2008

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched it’s first HSDPA enabled handset and it comes with WiFi and GPS backing it up. A 480 x 320 pixel display is also the highest resolution screen in the company’s history while it features a style makeover and heavily redesigned software interface courtesy of BlackBerry OS v4.6. The 624MHz CPU at the heart of the Bold is also the fastest RIM has employed to date.

A full page rendering web browser is in there too (to take on iPhone, Android & Nokia S60 Phones) and for multimedia fans it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, it will play all the usual audio and video codecs while the new ‘BlackBerry Media Sync’ will sync with iTunes for non-DRM infected files. Call life is good as well at up to five hours talk time and up to 13 hours on standby (no doubt with WiFi, Bluetooth et al turned off). At 114 x 66 x 13mm and 133gms, the Bold is also no more bulky than an iPhone which measures 115 x 61 x 11.6 mm and 135 gms.

Well there’s no touchscreen tech in there and the 2MP camera is kinda weak in this day with Nokia, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson & LG all having 5 mp cams and Motorola soon to follow suit. Furthermore the 1GB of internal memory isn’t overly generous in these of handsets with 8GB & 16GB of storage like iPhone & N96, though it can be bolstered by the ubiquitous microSD slot, which is also in N96. In short it’s pretty good for the executive on move with his entertainment needs also taken care of. Now let’s just wait for the BlackBerry 9500 ‘Thunder’ .


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