In Short

The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the first BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. It is also the first BlackBerry to run on a processor faster than 1 GHz, use a near-field communications antenna, enable mobile hotspot, and raised the bar for BlackBerry display resolution. Most importantly of all, the Bold 9930 was the flagship for the BlackBerry 7 operating system when it launched, which proliferated through new devices through the rest of the year. It was announced May 2, 2011, and initially released August 9, 2011. The 9930 was preceded by the Bold 9700 and 9000 series, and was followed up by the BlackBerry Q10. A GSM variant, the BlackBerry Bold 9900, was also released.