After the launch of Apple’s iconic gadget iPhone, smartphone battle has gone red hot. Recently, Nokia launched its iPhone contender N96, and now Canadian company RIM has launched its iPhone killer in India, BlackBerry Bold.
The company has termed the launch as its `boldest’ smartphone launch in India. BlackBerry Bold would be sold at an identical price by Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance and will be made commercially available to prospective customers from September end. While Airtel and Vodafone will be launching Bold towards September end, Reliance Communications will launch it a month later in October.
BlackBerry Bold has come to India merely few weeks after its global launch. Here’s a glimpse into Blackberry Bold.
The BlackBerry Bold features a black exterior with satin chrome finished frame and leatherette backplate. Measuring 114mm x 66mm x 15mm, the smartphone weighs 136 grams.
The phone features a newly designed full-QWERTY keyboard. According to the company, the design enables faster and accurate thumb typing.
Bold sports BlackBerry’s sharpest display ever — HVGA (480×320 resolution at 217 ppi) colour LCD display is fused to the undersurface of the lens, making images leap out with high-definition and clarity.
Like 3G iPhone, BlackBerry too has joined the 3G bandwagon. Wi-Fi support had been missing in the earlier BlackBerry models, however, Bold supports WiFi (802.11 a/b/g) network with enterprise-grade security, ideal for use on corporate or campus wireless LANs, over Wi-Fi hotspots and on wireless home network.
The phone comes with a new “Push Button Setup” for faster connection to protected wireless network that requires a sign on process.
Bold also has built-in GPS feature with BlackBerry Maps and support for location-based applications and services.
The phone packs a host of multimedia capabilities including a 2 megapixel camera with video recording and an advanced media player for music, pictures and multiple format videos.
Bold comes with Roxio Media Manager application that allows users to search media files on their computer, view, organise, create MP3 music files from CDs, add audio tags and album art, create playlists and copy or convert pictures, music and videos for playback.
The phone comes with a 3.5 mm jack, dedicated volume controls and dual speakers. It also supports video streaming.
The phone packs 128MB flash memory, 1GB on-board storage memory and has support for microSD/SDHC memory card slot for memory expansion of up to 16GB.\
With 128MB RAM, Bold comes with 624 MHz processor powering applications like email, messaging, organiser and browser.
For connectivity, the phone offers support for USB 2.0. The phone supports tri-band HSDPA and quad-band EDGE for roaming.
Priced at Rs 34,990, BlackBerry Bold would be available by the end of this month with Airtel and Vodafone.
Apple sells 3G iPhone in India at Rs 31,000 for 8GB model and Rs 36,100 for 16GB model with Airtel or Vodafone. Nokia too follows a similar pricing for N96, but doesn’t come with any service plan. N96 retails at Rs 35,000 for 16GB.