BlackBerry Bold 9700 Specifications and Features

By Kevin Michaluk on 21 Oct 2009 07:00 am EDT

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Features and Specifications

Full Features and Specs List for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Official word of the next generation BlackBerry Bold is finally here. Below you can find the full specs and features list for the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone. And be sure to check out our pre-release BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review which goes hands-on with some of the enhancements made to this smaller, yet more powerful, BlackBerry Bold.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Specifications

Size (LxWxD) Approximately 109 mm x 60 mm x14.1
Weight (battery included)
122 g / 4.28 oz
256 MB internal flash memory
Expandable Memory
Supports up to 32GB microSD card
1500 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
Battery Life
GSM Talk Time: 6 hours; GSM Standby Time: 19 days
UMTS Talk Time: 6 hours; UMTS Standby Time: 15 days
35 key backlit QWERTY
High-resolution 480 X 360 pixel color display
Transmissive TFT LCD supports over 65,000 colors
2.44" (diagonally measured)
3.2 MP camera with auto focus, image stabilization, flash and 2X digital zoom
Video Camera
Normal Mode: 480 x 352 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
Voice Input/Output
Integrated speaker and microphone, hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth headset capable, integrated hands-free speakerphone
32 polyphonic - MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready
Media Player
Video format support: DivX 4, DivX 5/6 partially supported, XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark and On2 VP6 (Flash support)
Audio format support: 3GP, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported
3.5mm stereo headset capable
Power Adapter
+5V DC/500 mA AC power adapter, with interchangeable location-specific plugs
2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1, 2, 5/6),
2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1, 4, 8)
1900/1800/900/850 MHz

Stay in Touch

Based on optical technology, the track pad helps you easily scroll through the information you need, with an experience similar to the track pad on a laptop computer.
Wi-Fi Support (UMA/GAN)
Added Wi-Fi connectivity makes accessing to your BlackBerry® data services in Wi-Fi hotspots or other areas with Wi-Fi connectivity
convenient and easy.
Full-featured phone Have the features of a desktop phone with you when you're between appointments or running late.
Bluetooth-enabled (v2.1) The BlackBerry® Bold 9700 smartphone is Bluetooth-enabled,7 so you can keep your hands free to focus on other tasks at hand.
3G (HSDPA) Compatible
Designed to take advantage of the speeds available on 3G networks.
Send and receive text and picture messages (SMS & MMS) Keep in better touch with contacts who prefer text2 and picture messaging.
Enhanced Web Mail
Chat from just about anywhere using Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger or ICQ apps built specifically for BlackBerry smartphones.
Edit Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint Files
Whether you use Gmail®, AOL® Mail, Windows Live Hotmail or Yahoo!® Mail, you can enjoy on-the-go access to your favorite
supported web mail 
Instant Messaging
Chat from just about anywhere using Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!® Messenger, AOL® Instant Messenger or ICQ® apps built specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. 
Social networking for BlackBerry
Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones, Flickr Photo Uploader for BlackBerry® smartphones and MySpace® for BlackBerry® smartphones.

Entertainment on the Go

Media Player
Watch your videos and listen to your music with all the excellent visual and sound quality you expect from a BlackBerry smartphone.
Take photos wherever the inspiration hits you with a 3.2 MP camera with image stabilization, auto flash, auto focus and zoom.
Video Recording
When you need sound and action to help you tell the story, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone comes through with
built-in video recording.
BlackBerry Media Sync
BlackBerry® Media Sync lets you sync your desktop iTunes or Windows Media® Player music files with your BlackBerry smartphone. In just a few easy steps, you can take your tunes on the go, wherever you go.
Mobile Streaming
Access videos, music or even sports and news clips from web sites built for mobile streaming.

Browse, Shop and Buy

Pre-installed BlackBerry App World storefront Personalize your BlackBerry smartphone with apps from the BlackBerry App World storefront and discover how to put more of your life on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Instant Information

GPS Capabilities and BlackBerry Maps
Designed to work with BlackBerry Maps and other location based software, use it to help determine where you are and how to get where you need to be.
HTML browsing
A dynamic browsing experience, to help you get the information you need, when you need it. With the BlackBerry® Browser, you have easy access to the Internet with web pages that are easy to navigate and read.
Business Ready
For small to medium-sized businesses, Hosted BlackBerry® services and BlackBerry® Professional Software are designed to offer affordable solution options. For large organizations, BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution is designed to provide advanced security features and enterprise-grade functionality..

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Reader comments

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Specifications and Features


Hold there on board memory in addition to the 256mb for apps ..(the bold 9000 had 1 gig internal).

I know you can get an external memory cards..but it's nice to have on board memory as well...for things you want to access regardless of which memory card is installed.

little dissappointed by that..

The 9630 has:
1. bigger Form factor
2. World edition! (CDMA/GSM networks communication Capability)
3. 256MB RAM
4. TrackBall not TrackPad
5. Lower Battery Life.
6. Different Charging Cyrcles of battery.
7. Qualcomm 7600 Procesor 528Mhz
8. BlackBerry OS4.7 from the beggining!

The biggest difference is probably this a GSM device and the Tour is mainly a CDMA device (it also has GSM capabilities). This will most likely not be offered on the same carriers as the Tour (except maybe Bell and Telus).

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).

Other than maybe the 3G, it looks and has same or similar features as my TMO Curve 8900. Hmmm...

I've got the 8900 and DETEST the trackball. Had numerous issues and replacement phones, but the price will be a factor.....any rumors on this yet?

I'm in the same boat. My trackball keeps getting ridden with dirt and not rolling the right way or sometimes stopping all together. I am in need of a track pad but price is definitely the issue.

My Pearl 8100 is ready for retirement, its been a good phone but i have waited patiently for this one, 3G will be nice once its all up and running in the next year or so...I'm so excited

I've been stalking this phone just like I did with the Javelin, so this isn't a big shock. I knew it was coming!! I love my Javelin but my wife needs to upgrade her 8320 soooooo.....SHE CAN HAVE MY JAVELIN!!!! What a swell guy I am....LOL!! It's upgrade time people and just in time for the 9700. Wife doesn't care about 3G or faster processor and it's not like she's getting a schlep phone. She will be happy with her upgrade and so will I!!!

OMG finally!!! I was just about to say good bye to b=my beloved 8900 because i keep getting dropped calls with this Edge crappy stuff in my apt. (how dare i think about going for an iphone?) this 9700 will b in my hand the week that it comes out, no preordering! i wanna have it in my hand at the store lol

Would love to have an upgrade....alas Rogers rules are awful. No upgrades for 2 least I think that is what they changed it to.

I can't wait to get my hands on this! I only have to wait 5 more weeks until my contract is up. BlackBerry Bold 9700, here I come!




It looks just like an 8900, except it has a trackpad and 3G.

I can understand the excitement if your coming up from an older generation Blackberry like a 83XX...but anyone with a BB released in the last cant really think the Bold 9700 is a revolutionary phone...really?

Honestly they should have pitched the Tour 2 as the next Bold.

Yep, it really is awesome! I got mine today and am loving it! I did so much OS 5 meddling around with my Bold 9000 last week and over the weekend, and it is SUCH an awesome device, I don't wanna get rid of it. Anyone with a 9000 getting rid of it (selling/gifting/performing drop tests from bridges, what?)...hahaaa...

The form-factor and battery life of the Onyx/Bold2 9700 are a nice improvement over the 9000 and even the Tour. The keyboard is quite easy to type with even though the keys are slightly smaller than my thumbs really like , and the trackpad is much more dusty environment friendly . Lack of more internal memory means nothing to me as I store all my media on an external card. I just wish RIM gave developers and such a little more access into the deep-down guts of the OS , and even BIOS/FLASH rom of their devices , because the Marvell PXA930 has a maximum RECOMMENDED clock speed of 800Mhz , and RIM decided to UNDER-clock it to 624Mhz ! I WANT THE FULL 800MHZ , DAMMIT !