Smartphone news: Blackberry Bold … Nice!

Posted By on May 12, 2008

Blackberry BoldPalm better get their act together with a new high end Treo because Research In Motion introduced their new Blackberry Bold today. They seem to be catching up with Apple’s iPhone although some say Apple is prepping for the gen-2 iPhone … still they suffer from not having a dedicated tactual keyboard. There might still be a window for other high performance smartphone players since both the iPhone and new Blackberry Bold are only available on the AT&T networks.

Blackberry Bold specs:
* Size – Length: 114mm, Width: 66mm, Thickness: 14mm
* Weight (with battery) – 133g (same as the 88xx series. I can attest to it!)
* Memory – 1GB on-board (storage) and 128 MB Flash (applications)
* Battery – 1500mAhr lithium cell
* Est. Battery Life – Standby: 13 days, Talk Time: 5 hours
* Network Support – UMTS: 2100 / 1900 / 850MHz, GSM: 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz, GPRS, EDGE and HDSPA networks
* Wi-Fi – 803.11a/b/g enabled
* Display – HVGA, 480 x 320 pixels, Transmissive TFT LCD, supports over 65k colors

* Media Player, Video Support – DivX 4, Div X 5 & 6 are partially supported, XviD is partially supported, H.263, H.264 and WMV3
* Media Player, Audio Support – .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
* Media Player, Audio – BlackBerry Media Sync allows you to transfer your desktop iTunes music to your BlackBerry!!!
* Camera – 2.0MP, 5 x digital zoom (with flash of course)
* GPS – internal GPS with extended ephemeris, BB Maps is standard
* Bluetooth – Bluetooth v2.0, all the normal stuff and Bluetooth Stereo Audio via A2DP and AVCRP
* USB Port – Enables charging and high-speed data synchronizations via USB “A” to mini-USB “B” cable (I can personally say moving files back and forth is now lightning quick!)
* Browser – HTML browsing, View Movies/Clips from websites built for mobile streaming, RSS feed support

Here’s a good look at the “business” of RIMM and Apple … as well a a peek at the new Blackberry Bold. (CNBC video clip below)


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