New York City, New York (WiredPRNews.com) — BlackBerry users will be delighted to know that their all-purpose phone, internet and email tool has just gotten a new boost. BlackBerry manufacturer, Research In Motion Ltd., introduced the new Bold (also called the 9000) on Monday making it the first new prominent model of the popular gadget in more than a year.
According to the Associated Press, the Bold boasts a significantly increased internal memory, glossy metallic finish, and “corporate-strength” Wi-Fi capabilities that will greatly improve older versions of Bluetooth and internet tools. The Bold also “has twice the screen resolution of the current Curve model, making for a very sharp display. It matches the resolution, but not the size, of the screen on Apple Inc.’s iPhone, which has emerged as a potent competitor in the “smart phone” category.”
Although the re-vamped BlackBerry has cutting-edge features and twice the resolution, the Bold still has the sleek design of the BlackBerry Curve, with a horizontal screen above a trackball and a keyboard.
On Monday, cellular carrier AT&T agreed that they would be the exclusive U.S. carrier of the newest BlackBerry model, and rightly so. AT&T is, after all, the only U.S. wireless carrier with a broadband network that is congruent with the initial Bold model. According to Research In Motion co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis, the later versions could work on the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks.
“Like the Curve and the Pearl, BlackBerry’s consumer-oriented phones, the Bold has a full-size headset jack and a camera that can also capture video. At the same time, it has dual-band Wi-Fi, a feature previously only found on a model aimed at the corporate market. The Bold will also have exchangable back plates in different colors, a first for a BlackBerry.”
Canadian residents can look forward to buying the new Bold Blackberry from various carriers this summer.
Wired Technology Reporter