BlackBerry Bold 9790 Features and Specifications

By Bla1ze on 15 Nov 2011 04:52 am EST
BlackBerry Bold 9790

Furthering along the BlackBerry Bold series is the BlackBerry Bold 9790 as it's just been announced. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes loaded with the BlackBerry 7 OS, along with a 1GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor processor coupled with 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage for all your music, videos and more. The device will also support 32GB micro SD cards, has a 2.45" capacitive touch VGA touch screen display with 246 dpi resolution. Full specs can be found past the break for you all.

Bold 9790 Features and Specifications

110 x 60 x 11.4 mm, approximately 107g
Display 2.45" capacitive touch screen display - 480x360 pixels, 246 dpi resolution
Ultra-easy QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
1GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor
768 MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
Camera 5.0 MP camera, supports VGA video recording, Continuous auto focus
Proximity Sensor, Ambiant light sensor
GPS Built-in GPS / aGPS
Wifi & Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi: Supports UMA 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n with NFC
  • UMTS: 2100/1700/900 MHz 2100/1900/850/800 MHz or
    GSM / GPRS / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps
    HSDPA: 7.2 Mbps
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support
Operating System
BlackBerry 7 OS
Battery 1230 mAh removable, rechargeable battery

Reader comments

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Features and Specifications


The post is wrong: the screen is 480x360 (so no, not VGA). The camera records video at 640x480 (as opposed to the 9900 and 9810, which can do HD) but takes 5MP autofocus stills (like the 9810, but better than the 9900). And yes, it's slower, both in terms of wireless bandwidth (not a big deal) and CPU (might be an issue) than either the 9810 or 9900.


Between the three (9810, 9900, 9790) there's the parts for my perfect device. I'd have loved to have the 9900's form factor with the 9810's camera (or, for that matter, the 8MP from the iPhone 4S, or the 12MP from the N9, which would have rocked), or the 9790 with the 9900's screen resolution (why, why, why a third, and smaller pixel count? Do you hate your developers?) and HD recording ability. Or the 9810 with a bigger keyboard and near-field support.

The 8Mp camera in the iphone4s is not as good as you'd expect. It gets even worse with low light conditions.

The 8Mp camera in the iphone4s is not as good as you'd expect. It gets even worse with low light conditions.

It's a damn sight better than the 9900's camera, which is patently awful for just about everything. I switch to a 9810 because of that camera.

Most reviews imply that the iPhone 4S's camera is actually very good, especially for video, and that only the N9's camera is appreciably better (the SGS2's unit is good, too, but does the "jello wobble" effect when taking video). Low-light isn't great, but neither is anything else.

The 9900's camera, on the other hand, is worse than that of most other smartphones in just about any situation except that there's no focus delay. That's cold comfort considering it can't focus, colours are off and low-light performance is deplorable.


Got myself an extra battery just for that reason & don't want those hideous buttons. I'm happy to continue my 9780 for another year & wait for a better Bold.

Although they have kept the auto focus, this thing would have better quality pictures than the 9900.

But, I'll never trade or give up my 9900 for any BB.

Seems to me as if these specs are not really accurate :)

Size 110 x 2.36 x 11.4 mm. 2.36mm width, really?

Display 2.45" (640x480), 246 dpi. If I do the maths, it gives me 327 dpi with given size and resolution! Makes sense as the Bold 9900 with its larger display (2.8") and same resolution has 287 dpi...

Anyways, neat to see the 9790 official!

Nothing ground-breaking here, and what's with those buttons? Were the standard ones of the 9800, 9810, 9900 and others not working well enough?
C'mon BBX phones!

Actually, their are plenty of complaints about the new "buttons" on the 9900 series... one cheap plastic panel prone to lifting/peeling.

For me, this phone is interesting.
*Smaller screen, probably longer battery life,
*Snappy processor (given the software)...but less than the 9900 so maybe better battery
*AUTOFOCUS (so I can take photos of receipts and such... I use it like a's a business phone)
*probably less expensive and "tossable" than the 9900 series

Right on!
When my carrier have announced wifi hotspot, I'll jump on it.
0.2Ghz difference in processor speed in this compact phone gives no practical difference against 9900. With the same battery as 9900's, smaller screen size and slightly lower clock speed, the battery should last a lot longer than 9900's.

Cause it's the #1 feature to get this phone selling!! Afterall there is nothing ground-breaking here! Isn't that obvious!!??

Cause it's the #1 feature to get this phone selling!! Afterall there is nothing ground-breaking here! Isn't that obvious!!?? Apparently there are BBers out there who don't like the size of the 99xx but would like similar experience of touch-and-type on a smaller device! You can just ignore the touchscreen; it shouldnt be a problem! And NO I doubt you can deactivate the touch!!

wow, finally it's official!! hey, the look isn't bad at all.. BUT:
- it's a bold, but with a lower CPU clock?
- it's a bold, but without HSPA+ capability?

hhm.. now i'm starting to understand why the 9900 is still the flagship of all BB smartphones..

why do they keep releasing useless phones and just focus on bbx phone so at least we could get it by 2015 :)

lol. messed up specs.. it's not 640x480.

waited this phone for more than 6 months and i give up on 97xx class now. ugly, slow and same resolution with curve. can't believe it...

They should just give curve a touch screen and give 9700 keypad to curve. seriously.

at first I was unpleasantly surprised by these two new releases, they are not advanced and one (the Bold) has some ugly buttons on it. I was thinking "why would RIM release such things, who will buy them?" and then I realized I started to think in the American way aka "US is the center of the world". These devices are targeted mostly to the SE Asian market where RIM is growing and the demand for affordable phones is high. They are in no way built with the North American market in mind.

I don't care about the slightly slower processor, and the resolution is fine for a small screen like that. what's best is they finally keeping the auto focus camera on bold, i guess i will go for this.

This device is not going to be sold everywhere, some carriers won't have room for it in their range, but it will do fine elsewhere such as with countries that find the 9900 bulkier than the 97xx models or where a carrier wants a range of just qwerty devices.

Disappointed no accelerometer and no HD video, but the battery life should be better than the 9900 with the slower processor and smaller screen.

I'm holding out for OS7 UMA capability before I upgrade.

Has it really only got a 1230mAh battery ? Oh RIM what are you playing at . No point in making it slim and lovely if it can't last a day.

I disagree, with a slightly lower clock speed and smaller display, it should do better than the 9900. Not as well as the older 97xx devices, mind you, but definitely an improvement from the current Bolds.

this is terrible!! RIM doesnt get it, do they. they are losing so much market share with these lousy phones they put out. always compromise one thing for another. there going out of business soon in the north american market. please kevin if you read this tell me what you think. they need a 1.5ghz CPU with 1-1.5gb memory with autofocus camera of at least 8 megapixels and front facing camera for video chat of at least 3 megapixels, 12 gbs of space, 1 million more apps, touchscreen, better battery life while updating there OS to 8 and the 9900's design. RIM is on the brink of being eliminated people. they are disorganized and there products are being made to satisfy 3rd world markets!!! RIP Blackberry!!! this is also coming from a blackberry fan with enough disappointment in there products that im switching to something else!!! cant take there lack of respect for a smart american consumer....get at me kevin* and tell me im wrong!!!

so i wait ages to get my first BB and just when i decide to get the 9780 i secretly wish that there was an OS7 release that looked so much like that one n here it is!! which looks ugly. whats with the stupid protruding buttons??? just cuz it looks good on the torch doesn't mean it'd look good on any BB phone cmon! what a disappointment.
Thumbs up for the 16M colours but seriously? buttons?? Bleh...

I love the Bold 9900 for messaging and emails but what a crapy phone to take pictures. Nothing is sharp, colors are oversaturated... What a sad sad decision from RIM to drop the autofocus thinking that people wouldn't notice. People want better phones, just give us better phones. We take a 600$ commitment when we get a phone, that should get us great phones. RIM just don't see anymore.

i just got it... its nice battery is a issue but no big deal as u can always use usb cable with ur laptop or car charger... over all smart and compact