BlackBerry Bold 9700 Officially Announced!

BlackBerry Bold 9700
By Kevin Michaluk on 21 Oct 2009 07:00 am EDT
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Here it is folks, the official word soooo many of you have been waiting for. RIM has officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700 - the ultimate traditional BlackBerry to date. With more memory, a better camera and the new optical trackpad, the 9700 really does pack more punch into a smaller form factor than the original Bold 9000. Two versions of the device will be available to support various 3G network frequency combinations (T-Mo, AT&T), but other than the radio band differences it doesn't look like there are any spec changes between the two versions (pheww... same speedy processor, big 1500 mAh battery, etc.). View BlackBerry Bold 9700 Features and Specs

You can expect this Bold2 to drop on carriers around the world in early November. Until then, be sure to check out our pre-release BlackBerry Bold 9700 review, visit blackberry.com/bold9700 for more details and read the full press release from RIM below. More announcements are showing up from carriers announcing the device. Check out press releases for Rogers, Bell, AT&T and T-Mobile (T-Mobile site now live!).

Press Release

RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone

New 3G Smartphone Delivers High-End Features and Performance With a Compact and Highly Refined Design

October 21, 2009 - Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the sleek and powerful BlackBerry® Bold 9700 smartphone. The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features in a compact and highly refined design that will appeal to both men and women and for both professional and personal use.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features with support for 3G HSDPA networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®, a 3.2MP camera and a sharp, dazzling display. Cutting edge engineering and premium finishes extend to the exterior of the handset as well, with a smoothly integrated touch-sensitive trackpad and a highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard. The dark chrome frame and leatherette back add to the new smartphone's sleek and elegant look, while the narrow profile, balanced weight and soft-touch sides allow it to feel incredibly comfortable in one hand.

"The BlackBerry Bold 9700 builds on the success of the original BlackBerry Bold with new, state-of-theart features and a smaller, lighter and highly optimized design that looks, feels and performs great," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion.

Key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone include:

  • Sleek design measuring 4.29" x 2.36" x 0.56" (109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm) and weighing only 4.3 oz (122 grams)
  • Sharp and dazzling 2.44" light-sensing display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi)
  • Highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard - with finely sculpted keys and chrome frets - for fast, accurate typing
  • Innovative touch-sensitive trackpad that allows intuitive and responsive navigation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Wi-Fi calling via UMA where available
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • BlackBerry® OS 5.0, offering users email management and calendar enhancements* as well as a better browsing experience with faster JavaScript and CSS processing
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music (music play now extended up to 38 hours), plus support for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone**
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, dedicated volume controls, Lock and Mute keys seamlessly integrated across the top of the handset
  • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected to support 32 GB cards when available; a 2GB card is included
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • Access to BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more.
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology and high quality speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® (2.1) with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Support for BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
  • Available in two versions to support various carrier 3G network frequency combinations:
    • UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
    • UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1700/900 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Removable, rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time in 3G mode

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning in November. For more information visit blackberry.com/bold9700.

* Some features require BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. 

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Reader comments

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Officially Announced!

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Wow I absolutely love that! Wish it was available with US Cellular. It just looks sharp and high end.

The article about the reasons for the Verizon delay are understandable, but the reviews are *already* positive for the Storm2 - let's get it in our hands already!

I would like to get this phone, but I just got my Bold 9000 in late May. Looks like I'm out of luck unless my wife wants to take my Bold 9000 so I can get a Bold 9700 in November. She is eligible for an upgrade at that time and is wanting a BlackBerry.

LOVE the front... HATE the back. I can't wait to hear how the trackpad works for everyone now that its on a device that will inevitably be much more widespread than the 8520.

I love the front... the back... ain't to pleasing. I'm gonna look for a new battery door once I get my hands one it, maybe something that looks like the Tour's battery door. I really hope this come out as being a reasonable price on T-Mobile.

I currently have the 8900 and definitely switching to the 9700 the day it comes out. Connection is so slow, most of the times its quicker to look for a computer nearby rather than trying to load a webpage over EDGE.

This is Fantastic, but my only wish is that this phone was as big as the original bold............I could have gotten the Tour if I wanted a small phone with this much power.......

So I don't have wifi or a trackpad, seems to be the only difference I see from the Tour. Slightly smaller than the Tour but not by much. It's nice to see a new upgrade but I feel the old Bold had something special when it came out compared to the older models. Now it just blends in with the current crop.

If Telus comes out with one and my Tour dies, I'll trade up. But they better offer a wifi model on Telus or it's not worth it.

That's like comparing apples and oranges. The Tour is a CDMA phone and the Bold is a GSM phone. I also am keeping my Tour b/c it's a VZ phone and not ATT...I am sure there are ATT users who are excited for the Bold becuase they like ATT.

Because Bell and Telus will be providing the Bold to customers soon on their new HSPA+ network. So we will have choices! The iphone is coming too. Canadians won't be stuck in the CDMA camp any longer.

Rogers also now has a HSPA+ network, you can even check out their website as it's plastered all over their home page. Also, for all of the big 3 (Bell, Rogers & Telus) the HSPA frequency will not work for phones made by the carriers, it's designed for international travelers who come with HSPA devices. HSPA will also allow the big 3 to prepare to move into 4G in about 4 - 5 years.

Wass the big deal?? Itz a TOUR :) wit a trackpad (and 5.0 os dass gudd).. And did any of u c the price?? Smh.. all of u iz gonna pay all dat money 2 b stuck wit T-Mobile (the worst 3G coverage ever) and bum AT&T for 2 years.. Think about it and Gudd luck Cuz yall gonna need it..

Thanks for the info Kevin :). Now all we need in the review is pictures with the final version of the Bold 9700 and the Bold 9000 next to each other so people know the difference. On the review it has the old Onyx version of it in the comparisons.

according to the Bell press release:
"Operating on Bell Mobility's state-of-the-art HSPA wireless network, the
BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone will also deliver great Bell Mobility mobile
data services including GPS location, Live TV, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and
Unlimited NHL."

since when is there an application to listen to SIRIUS radio on the Blackberry? i know there is an iPhone application, but there isnt a BB app - is there? and not the XM radio, otherwise they would have said XM, not SIRIUS.

its saying on gsmarena, data download link is still sit @ 3.6mbps .

RIM wake up!!!! come on, this is nearly NOV 2009.

you could at least adjust the Download link to 7.2mbps for a flagship device like 9700..

how could u compete the upcoming N900 and other android devices just like this????...

just at least let everyone know we hav download link speed up to 21 mbps on our HSDPA network here..

I'm crying RIM :(((((((((

M.c

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I like size of my Bold 9000, this looks more like the size of a Tour. Not really enough differences between the 2 for me to go to a 9700

No Telus release, and a continuing reduction in Blackberry products makes me wonder if RIM and Telus aren't getting along???!!!

THE LOOKS OF THE PHONE HAVE BEEN SACRIFICED 4 THE FUNCTIONALITY IT SEEMS. THIS PHONE IS UGLY AS SH*T COMPARED 2 IT'S PREVIOUS DESIGN (BOLD 9000), IT IS OH SO SEXY!

Allllllllright! Looks beautiful. How many of you 9000 owners are getting rid of yours?? I'm contemplating it, but don't really want to lol...

Yes!!! :D I've been holding off getting the Tour 9630, because of this device. I can't wait any longer to have it in my hands.

I really don't understand why the need to make two versions. Couldn't they just add the additional AWS bands to make a single global phone?

alright this is awesome I will be getting one of those
too bad the network speed is not 7.2 but hey should still be cool with 3G. as soon as its available I will get one

go rogers! get my bb onyx

I will definitely get this phone when I get my AT&T contract this year! I already own the Curve 8300 (I use pre-paid).I was seriously looking at the BB 8900 but now I think I changed my mind.

Can we get a good phone!?!? I'm not talking about a Curve with an optical trackball! Just once Verizon... get us a good blackberry.. I've been looking forward to an original Bold size phone (w/ optical trackball) to come to VZW.. I doubt i'm moving from this Storm to Storm2..

Just got back from the T-Mobile Be Bolder event! Phone is awesome and a lot of great features. Picked up a free 9700 for attending the event too! :)

I like the size and feel of my Bold 9000. I have friends with the 9630 and it feels too small and plasticky to me. The Bold feels right, and even though the touch pad would be a definite plus (trackball has the occasional issue of sticking, which requires the hand sanitizer treatment), I don't think I'll be taking the leap over to the 9700.

Yeah, it's faster with a little more memory, but OS 5 is gonna rock on the 9000! This new one just doesn't seem worth it right now.

Anyone know if the housing for the 9700 will be of a better quality than the 9630?

why is everyone (well, not all) praising this phone? why are you sending the WRONG message to rim? the small ( ugh!!!) size of this phone is a major fail!!!!!!! if you're true bold fan, you CANNOT think this 9700 looks better than the 9000. yes, the upgrades are great but the size, NOT!!!!!!

besides 3g and a slightly faster processor, what does this blackberry add over my 8900 that will add to the blackberry experience? I would upgrade, but i feel like this is a iphone 3g to iphone 3gs upgrade.. still pretty much the same thing.

I was thinking the same thing.

Storm -> Storm 2

Bold 9000 -> Bold 9700

What happened to the BB that was suppose to have a Touchscreen and Keyboard?

I've been waiting for a whole year for that one!

The 1GB of memory was not for flash memory, which is what is used for applications. The Bold 9000 had only 128GB of flash memory, so the New BlackBerry Bold 9700 actually has more memory that matters. It can also take up to a 32GB memory card... All and all, I wish it came with 32GB of memory that can be used for both apps and music, pictures, movies, etc.

I have the Bold right now and will hold onto it. I'm adding a line for the 9700 and making my Bold a work line only. I want something a little smaller and the trackpad is sick.

I was just told that the Rogers official release date is Oct.26th(monday) and available for $299 on 3 yr Term. Also rogers will be releasing the 9000 in white and without a camera!!

I'm in like flin,...

Man, those specs are hot!

- 6 hours of talk time! 17 days of standby!

- 1500mah Btry!

I hope the trackpad lives up to the task.

JMDberry

for those of you comparing this phone to the tour...it has over twice as much speed in the processor alone, not even comparable

I saw on Infosync that the AT&T version will cost 300 USD with a 2 year contract, while the T-Mobile version will only cost 200 USD. Here's the link -- http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/10592.html

I wonder what's the reason between the pricing difference. Well, since I have T-Mobile I guess I can't complain, but that kind of sucks for the AT&T users.

Even though this is smaller than my Bold 9000 - I'm going to get one as soon as I possibly can.

It looks awesome! The specs are awesome! This phone is awesome!

Can't wait till I get mine!

Peace!

I have to admit that to me this is a sweet looking Berry. I could definitely see myself upgrading to it when the time comes. The two things that stand out to me is 1. the back, not the fact that I don't like it, because I do, the fact that there doesn't seem to be any battery contacts there. I use the charging cradle for my Curve now & love it, wonder if they'll have one for this Bold too? 2. Why did the flash memory drop to 256 Megs, doesn't the original Bold have 1 Gig of internal storage?

I can't believe they - AGAIN - making the color of the letters and numbers the same... I guess another purchase from www.cnn.cn will make it right, where the numbers are RED and the letters are white... this is such a simple and logical thing to have....

Also, I don't understand what the sentence "music play now extended up to 38 hours" means... What about call time? Who cares about 38 hours of music... The Bold 9000 I have for over a year is a battery waster like ... hummm the iPhone.

I praised RIM for allowing me to drop the connection manually to 2G (EDGE) so the device actually work as a damn PHONE for 8 hours without searching for the 3G that doesn't exist in all places.... Pathetic.

I saw some prices up here in the comments. I hope none of them is correct because this phone - so far - does NOT worth the cost of the 9000, so why pay more for the 9700?

I'll wait.

I am on my 2nd BlackBerry Bold (first was replaced because trackball turned black and quit working, AT&T replaced it through warranty) and its trackball is turning brown already, I just got it a few weeks ago. Maybe AT&T will send me the Bold2 since I keep having trackball problems and the trackpad would be better for me I think. I love the BlackBerry, but the trackball and me don't get along. Does anyone think they will?

What's the deal of dropping the memory from 1GB to 256MB????

Like we don't have enough problem with memory leaks as it is now....

The 1 GB on the Bold 9000 is storage memory for data, not flash memory for applications. The Bold 9000 only has 128 MB for applications whereas the 8900 and Bold 9700 have 256 MB. The storage memory of the Bold 9700 is easily upgraded way past 1 GB with a SD card, so that detail is nothing to worry about. The 9700 has more memory that matters (the memory for applications since that cannot be increased).

FINALLY, the Blackberry 9700 has come out amongst the people! I can't wait to get one of those!!! I have to wait until March to upgrade. That will give me time to see how well it does. If all is well, I'll make that move to add the 9700 to my stable! Soooooo sleek!

This is my DREAM BB Device! I've been waiting for this to come out probably before they even thought of making it! I NEED this in my life! 2 bad my contract isn't up for a year & some change. :(

Because of people like yourself companies shove whatever in our faces and don't bother to make it right.

I can't believe so many people blindly "can't wait" for it, not even looking at the practical use of it... and than again, maybe business people don't write here....

Don't see the point in switching from my Bold 9000 to the Bold 9700 if the memory is being cut so much. Do you? Of course, I don't claim to be an expert, but won't that affect perfomance?

The 1 GB on the Bold 9000 is storage memory for data, not flash memory for applications. The Bold 9000 only has 128 MB for applications whereas the Curve 8900 and Bold 9700 have 256 MB. The storage memory of the Bold 9700 is easily upgraded way past 1 GB with a SD card, so that detail is nothing to worry about. The 9700 has more memory that matters (the memory for applications since that cannot be increased).

miiiiiiiiineminemineminemine! i dunno who i'm gonna have to bully to get an early upgrade (AT&T wants $750 for a white bold O_O!!) but i shall certainlyyyyyyy get this one!

Besides this being the best functional BlackBerry in my opinion, I believe the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to be the best looking BlackBerry to date! Thanks RIM! I'm eagerly awaiting to purchase this baby!