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BlackBerry Bold 9780

 BlackBerry Bold 9780 Available now
27th October 2010

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a minor update to last year's BlackBerry Bold 9700, doing just enough to keep this long running product line vaguely competitive.

There's not much to say about the 9780, major changes from the previous version include a software update to the improved BlackBerry 6 operating system, a 5 megapixel camera (up from 3.2 megapixels), double the amount of internal Flash storage at 512MB and that is about it. The 9780 shares the 9700's 480 x 360 pixel non-touch display, GPS, WiFi and 3.5G connectivity, Bluetooth, a microSD slot (with a 2GB card in the box), a multimedia player and a 3.5mm audio socket.

 BlackBerry Bold 9780 Because this is a BlackBerry, it does all the usual things that a modern BlackBerry will do, including excellent messaging support and personal information management tools, there's a reasonable web browser which will be somewhat hampered by the small 2.44" display and an application pool of 10,000 varied packages including a selection of those all-important fart apps.

There's nothing really in the 9780 which will attract new customers to the BlackBerry camp, and there's not much to tempt people from the old 9700 either (which will be upgradeable to BlackBerry 6 sometime soon). If you are using an older version of the Bold or Curve then it might be an attractive upgrade.

The physical dimensions of the 9780 are identical to the 9700, coming in at 109 x 60 x 14mm and weighing 122 grams. The large 1500 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 6 hours talktime and 17 days standby time on 3G.

If you're after a Bold 9780 then you won't have long to wait as RIM say that the handset should start to be available worldwide from November onwards. No pricing has been specified, but as the existing 9700 retails for a fairly expensive €450 or so we would expect the 9780 to cost a little more than that at launch.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 at a glance

Available:

November 2010

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 800 / 850 / 1900 / 2100 or
UMTS 900 / 1700 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi

Screen:

2.44" 480 x 360 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels

Size:

Messaging device
109 x 60 x 14mm / 122 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

GPS:

Yes

OS:

BlackBerry 6

Battery life:

6 hours talk / 17 days standby

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