RIM unveiled two brand new BlackBerry 7 devices on Tuesday: the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BlackBerry Curve 9380. The Bold 9790 is equipped with a 1GHz processor, a 2.44-inch touchscreen display with a 480 x 360-pixel resolution, support for near-field communications (NFC), 8GB of storage and a full QWERTY keyboard. Much like the Torch 9850/9860, the Curve 9380 offers a 3.2-inch full touchscreen display with a 480 x 360-pixel resolution, NFC support and a 5-megapixel camera. The phones offer such minute updates to RIM’s existing portfolio of phones that we’re really not quite sure why they need to exist, but RIM says they will be available from a number of carriers around the globe in the coming weeks. Read on for the full press release. More →
We’ve just heard from a tipster that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 — think of the BlackBerry 9900 and mash that up with the BlackBerry 9700 — will be launching around the end of November. The device will feature a 2.45-inch 640 x 480-pixel VGA touch display, 8GB of built-in storage and of course, a full QWERTY keyboard. New here is the redesigned (hideous) menu buttons a la BlackBerry Torch 9850. The device was incredibly clean before, but the new buttons ruin it for us. RIM also made the same move with the BlackBerry 9850 before it was released, changing the design from flush buttons to individual physical keys. Additionally, we have been told that RIM’s first major update to OS 7, OS 7.1, will launch later this year. This is expected to be the last OS release from RIM before the company unites its smartphone and tablet operating systems with the BBX platform.
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If the BlackBerry Bold 9900 isn’t doing it for you, there’s a version that’s based on the popular BlackBerry 9700, and yes, there’s a touchscreen and keyboard on this Bold, too. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 will feature a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of built-in storage, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and we believe a 1.2GHz processor. If all goes well, this device could launch before the end of the year, even as early as next month. Hit the gallery for the rest of the photos, including a size comparison with the BlackBerry Bold 9900.