I’ve been on the look out for a new handset for some time now. The one I’m using presently, the Nokia N70 seems to be giving way after superb service over the past 3-4 years. This was a phone that seemed to hit the sweet spot in terms of price and functionality and I’ve not really come across another piece that seemed just right to me.
In a press release, RIM said The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning in November. According to President and Co-CEO of RIM, Mike Lazaridis,
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 builds on the success of the original BlackBerry Bold with new, state-of-the-art features and a smaller, lighter and highly optimized design that looks, feels and performs great.
Here is a short video introducing the phone.
Check out all the features on offer as well. Among the more notable ones is a higher resolution (480X360 pixels, 2.44 inches), and support for upto a 32GB microSD™ card for expandable memory. The battery is a 1500 mAh removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell with an estimated life as below;
GSM Talk Time: 6 hours
GSM Standby Time: 19 days
UMTS Talk Time: 6 hours
UMTS Standby Time: 15 days
Another enhancement is a 3.2 MP camera with auto focus, image stabilization, flash and 2X digital zoom, which is capable of videos at 480 x 352 pixels in normal mode and 176 x 144 pixels in MMS mode.
So far, I like what I see but the deciding factor of course, will be the cost in India, and am keeping my fingers crossed on that front !
Update (January 30, 2010): And the Blackberry Bold 9700 is finally in India.. officially that is. It costs just a shade under Rs.32,000. Would I have bought this phone if it was launched a month earlier? Difficult to say, but my Nokia E72 is doing just fine, so Aal izz well