The Blackberry Bold 9780 from RIM running the latest Blackberry OS 6.0 featuring a full QWERTY keypad, 5MP camera with LED flash, and support for 3G/Wi-Fi calling, will be available in T-Mobile stores and online, starting November 17th, for $129.99 with a 2-year contract, after $50 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile will offer the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 in two colors: black or flash white. It’s also expected that other carriers worldwide will begin shipping the smartphone at the beginning of November.
“The new model builds on the highly refined experience that BlackBerry Bold users already know and love and delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich news user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature and a high-quality 5 megapixel camera,” Carlo Chiarello, vice president of product management at RIM, said in a statement.
Before launching BlackBerry 6 on its Torch handset, RIM left a heavy handed trail of details about the OS, hoping to lead away consumers from Apple and Google while sating those it already had. The OS has five separate views users can switch between. It has a home screen that’s “cleaner and sleeker” as well as “fresh but familiar,” according to a member of RIM’s user experience team. There are quick-access areas built into the home screen, for easily adjusting things such as the alarm. And the Web browsing experience is improved, with tabbed browsing, document downloading and faster-loading pages.
The Blackberry Bold 9780 has the same 624MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 2.44-inch display with 480 x 320 pixels. The 970 spots a nicely upgrade camera, which offers 5 megapixels with autofocus and flash. The 9780 also makes the switch from CDMA technology to GSM/EDGE/HSDPA technology, with 3G speeds reaching 3.6Mbps. Other specs note that the Bold 9780 will have 802.11b/g Wi-Fi on board with support for UMA-based Wi-Fi calling. That’s a great feature for enterprises to take advantage of. It also packs GPS and Bluetooth for navigation and headsets, respectively. It will support microSD cards up to 32GB for media and content storage.
BlackBerry 6 offers a refreshed user interface, the new WebKit-based browser with tabbed browsing, better menus, new core applications, and built-in Flash Player Mobile 10.1. RIM also said there are integrated feeds to social-networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, as well as BlackBerry Messenger. A separate YouTube app and redesigned music and picture applications are also included.
The Bold 9780 will be available from T-Mobile on November 17 for the price of $130 after rebate with new agreement. The Bold 9780 will launch worldwide from other carriers during November, as well.
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