Research In Motion (RIM) is introducing the BlackBerry Bold smartphone, the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world plus integrated GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as a rich set of multimedia capabilities.
“The new BlackBerry Bold represents a tremendous step forward in business-grade smartphones and lives up to its name with incredible speed, power and functionality, all wrapped in a beautiful and confident design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone is based on a next-generation 624 MHz mobile processor, and also includes 128 MB Flash memory plus 1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as a microSD/SDHC memory card slot, accessible from a side door.
It comes with the BlackBerry productivity applications, including phone, email, messaging, organizer and browser, and works with currently available mobile business and lifestyle applications.
With this new smartphone, users can talk on the phone while sending and receiving email or accessing the web, and download Word, Excel or PowerPoint files and edit them directly on the handset using the preloaded DataViz Documents to Go suite.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone sports a half-VGA (480x320 resolution) color LCD ifused to the undersurface of the lens, making images leap out.
The device also features a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capability, built-in flash and 5x digital zoom. The enhanced media player can display pictures and slideshows, play movies in full screen mode, and manage an entire music collection. Audio can be played over the handset’s dual speakers in stereo sound, and when using wired headphones or external speakers, the media player gives the user an equalizer with 11 preset filters – like "Lounge", "Jazz" and "Hip Hop" – that boost or soften audio ranges to create the perfect ambiance.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone features a new acoustic design that increases the size of the phone’s audio sweet spot, improving listening quality and clarity. It also comes with numerous premium phone features including Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), Bluetooth 2.0, with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including car kits that adhere to the Bluetooth Remote SIM Access Profile) and other Bluetooth peripherals.
The BlackBerry Bold smartphone is scheduled to be available from wireless carriers around the world beginning this summer (U.S.).