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RIM Announces BlackBerry 7 OS, Bold 9900/9930 Smartphones

Category: Gadgets
Posted: 02:39PM

Research In Motion had been talking about the newest version of its BlackBerry OS as BB OS 6.1, a simple update. However, that update kept on getting bigger and now, RIM is announcing it will be called BlackBerry 7 OS. The first phone launching running the new OS will be the just announced BlackBerry Bold Touch, the 9900/9930 smartphone. BB 7 brings with it a new user experience that is said to be easier and faster, plus there are voice-activated searches for content stored on your phone and the Web. The browser has been "significantly enhanced" with new features like a JIT (just-in-time) JavaScript compiler and HTML5 Video support, so checking out websites should be a much faster and smoother experience. There is also a feature called BlackBerry Balance which lets you organize personal and professional information into separate stacks of content. However, BB 7 will not be compatible with older devices, even those with BB 6, so to take advantage of all these new features you will need a new phone.

The first phone to support BB 7 will be the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, the Bold Touch. The phone packs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM powering a 2.8" VGA touchscreen. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the rear that includes image stabilization, plus you will find 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. The phone features a full QWERTY keyboard and NFC circuitry. The Bold Touch measures in at 10.5mm which makes it RIM's thinnest phone yet. The 9900 features HSPA+ connectivity for 4G support on GSM networks, while the 9930 is the world phone and packs a dual-band CDMA and quad-band GSM radio. Both feature 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.

The BlackBerry Bold Touch will be available this summer, though no mention of carriers and price was announced.

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