Back at the start of May, we unveiled that Research in Motion had released specifications and photos of the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. And although the 9900 has had most of the limelight due to its support of carriers, the 9930 has been spotted in the wild by Crackberry sporting a Verizon splash screen.
There is not much difference between the 9900 and the 9930, as the 9900 is the model name for the GSM version, whilst the 9930 is still part of the same package, only it is the CDMA version. One positive that CDMA BlackBerry users can take from these leaked photos is that a release on Verizon, although the hardware itself is not branded with the Verizon logo, we are almost certain this is a legitimate image that could foretell what is in the pipeline.
The 9900 and 9930 are the first ever 4G devices to be released by Research in Motion, but can they stand up to most of the high end smartphones currently on offer today such as the Apple iPhone 4, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC ThunderBolt or Motorola Droid 3?
In theory, the 9900 and 9930 are majorly upgraded BlackBerry Bold 9700’s in very similar shells. You get a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard memory, a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording HD video (720p), dual-band WiFi b/g/n and a 2.8-inch touchscreen display which features a resolution of 640 x 480 and a 287dpi pixel density. You can find more information regarding specs in our previous post.
Going back to our earlier argument, on whether or not it is a high end smartphone. In a way, yes it is. Everything under the hood is squeaky clean and about as high-end as you can imagine, but for some reason we still feel that RIM have a long way to go before it even starts to compete with the rest of the latest smartphones on offer. Therefore we are eager to see how much this smartphone will be priced at if an when it hits Verizon, surely it won’t be as expensive as top-end devices.
If Research in Motion completely change what they have, and make an iPhone or Android killer that is worthy of the name, then we could see RIM topping the phone charts once again, but a rebranded Bold just does not do it for many. The sooner QNX for BlackBerry comes out, the better.
What do you think about the BlackBerry 9900 and 9930? Do they get your stamp of approval or will you hold out for something better?