Just slightly ahead of TELUS and Bell, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 has made its North American debut on Rogers. TELUS is officially launching it tomorrow, but for those who just can’t wait (for some reason), the 9790 will cost $99.99 on a three-year contract, or $449.99 with no strings attached.
The BlackBerry 9790 is basically a smaller, less expensive version of the Bold 9900. It still has NFC and augmented reality support thanks to the magnetic compass, but dials back the touchscreen to 2.4 inches and a 480 x 360 resolution. The processor is just a smidgen slower at 1.0 GHz with 768 MB of RAM, but the overall experience is more or less what you’d expect. One thing that the Bold 9790 manages to lord over its bigger brother is camera autofocus.
I’m really curious to see how well the the 9790 fares when pitted against the 9900; it’s cheaper, offers more or less the same experience, and you can actually take close-up pictures with it. To be fair, cannibalized sales is the least of RIM’s worries these days. Click here to Rogers to get ordering.
BlackBerry Bold 9790 release date expected to launch November 25, according to RIM Indonesia
The official BlackBerry Indonesia site has posted a teaser banner for a new handset coming first to the region on November 25. The image file name is “hero_bellagio”, which we’ve known to be the code name for the BlackBerry Bold 9790 for months now.
From what we’ve seen of the 9790, there won’t be much separating it from the 9900, aside from a more slight form factor. There’s going to be 8 GB of local storage, OS 7, and the same 2.4-inch 640 x 480 display. The 9790 will have a little leg-up on the 9900 by including autofocus for the camera – vital if you want to take quality close-up shots. NFC will be included, but whether or not the carriers will allow it to work is another issue altogether. It looks like the 9790 will be considerably smaller than the 9900, and may even be as slight as the 9360. If the 9790 is going to be billed as a cheaper version of the 9900, it’s possible that it won’t include a touchscreen and the processor will be dialed back to 800 MHz like the Curve, but for now, that’s just speculation.
It might seem like an odd choice for the first launch region, but Indonesia is a huge market for BlackBerry, and it makes sense that RIM continue to foster loyalty there if they can’t lock down any in the U.S.
Some of the first image of BlackBerry Bold 9790 recently emerged for mobile phones that Bold is RIM will continue to develop and upgrade the hardware to be compatible with the new operating system.
According to sources,The BlackBerry Bold 9790 will run BlackBerry OS 7 with 8GB internal memory, QWERTY keyboard and a traditional touch screen. It also integrated NFC technology further.
In addition to the above information, we do not know about screen size, resolution as well as detailed configuration of the machine. But according to common standards, then perhaps Bold 9790 will have a touch screen similar to the Bold Touch 9900. Bold 9790 is the BlackBerry also has been mentioned previously codenamed Onyx III.