As it increasingly looks like BlackBerry’s future hinges on its forthcoming Bold 9900, Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for the phone, lauded as ‘the thinnest BlackBerry ever.’
Whilst the original BlackBerry Bold 9900 release date looks set to be a distant 15th September 2011, white phone fans will be pleased to hear a a blanc BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also available for preorder too, set to arrive later on the 15th October 2011. Amazon UK may have chosen a cautious release date here; Vodafone has already published its own sneak-peak video of the Bold 9900 in action, lovingly linked to below.
Like the original Bold, you’ll find the full Qwerty keyboard, and above it, a 2.8-inch touchscreen at 480×640 resolution. Under the bonnet, there’s a 1.2GHz processor with a meaty 768MB of RAM.
With a brushed stainless steel frame, we expect it to feel reliably solid in the hand, and there’s already 8GB of storage inside the phone, expandable by microSD card. That’s plenty of room for any photos taken with the 5-megapixel snapper on the back. The camera is also capable of recording high-definition video.
The Bold 9900 will be the first to arrive running BlackBerry 7OS; the new BB system that RIM is very proud of. It also joins an increasing crowd of phones packing NFC (Near Field Communications) technology inside. NFC chips can allow your phone to pay for small items in NFC-capable shops interact with compatible posters, act as a door key, and even act as your boarding pass for train journeys and flights.
On the Amazon UK site, the SIM-free model looks set to cost £549.99, but you’ll then have the freedom to pick and choose your UK network.