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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 Arrives in India

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 in India
By James Falconer on 29 Jan 2010 11:05 am EST
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A quick note for all of the good folks in India today (errr... well, yesterday technically). Looks like RIM has officially launched the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in India. Woohoo! The 9700 is now available nationwide in retail stores serviced by Redington India... Plus, it is now on hand at Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Reliance, Tata and Vodafone locations.

For users of the ever popular Bold 9000 in the region, the 9700 may draw more than a few looks. The design has been updated, and packs the touch-sensitive trackpad, a high-performance 624MHZ processor, 256MB of on-board flash memory, a 3.2MP camera (with video), OS 5.0, and a heck of a lot more.

For more details hit up http://in.blackberry.com or check out the full press release after the jump.

RIM Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9700 Smartphone in India

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

Mumbai, India - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the stylish and powerful BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphone. The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers a wide range of high-end communications and multimedia features in a sleek and stylish design that will appeal to users for both professional and personal use.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is expected to be available nationally from leading large format retail stores and multi brand outlets serviced by Redington India as well as from operators including Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Reliance, Tata and Vodafone beginning January 28, 2010.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features. With its robust connectivity options this global 3G smartphone enables users to stay easily connected, whether it is through phone, email, IM or social networking sites. In addition, the full-QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 allows for comfortable and accurate typing and the touch-sensitive trackpad helps users navigate effortlessly.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone supports 3G HSDPA networks around the world and is equipped with a next-generation, high-performance (624 MHz) processor and 256 MB on-board Flash memory. The exciting new BlackBerry Bold 9700 also features a dazzling high-resolution display and 3.2MP camera with support for video recording. Its 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.

"Building on the success of the original BlackBerry Bold, we are now pleased to introduce the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone to customers in India. The new 3G BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers top-of-the-line features and performance in a sleek and elegant design that will appeal to both business professionals and consumers,” said Frenny Bawa, Vice President, India, 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) for faster web browsing and extended data coverage, as well as 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 plays up to 38 hours), and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone**
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs to enable synching data such as contacts and calendar appointments between a computer and 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
  • Support for 3G networks around the world
  • Removable, rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time in 3G mode

For more information visit http://in.blackberry.com

*Some features require BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.

** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 Arrives in India

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@ 31.5k-approx $700-unlocked...loaded .442,set up BES and all is well...coming from 8900 the trackpad is worth but with little 3G coverage yet, its not something that people may jump ship for

dont worry indians are pussies. the ones that aren't are crazy. seems like someone in crack is indian

Well...I guess a High End phone being launched in a rich market like India is bound to make news because you would find more people with buying power (and I mean hard earned money buying power, not 10% types) for such a device in India than the entire population of some **other** cry baby countries!

And btw...I'm an Indian, proud to be one, consider myself to be fairly tolerant, and even respectful, to our fist happy neighbours...but surely would not take crap like this comment lying down!

Cheers!

u wont take this comment lying down on the internet but in person u wud take it bowing down while saying arbab :)

oh yess..
priced at approx USD 725 ...have to rob a bank to get one..
better to get the nokia E72 with the nokia messaging thrown in for free;you don't have to pay a dime other than the data charges.

you should already know in india, when it comes to imported stuffs..everything is gonna be expensive ( i mean it..DAMN expansive). so like it or not you have to bear with that. unless, if you have a friend living in the US or Canada who can buy it for u and post to India, you will get a Blackberry with a cheaper price. (I bet u wont be so lucky to run from import duty either). As a conclusion, everything you touch or use in India, theres always tax to it.

Avid blackberry user will still use a blackberry because of its functionality.

Got one a couple days ago, in the black RIM box. Everything seems good, preferred the original Bold keyboard, the browser on this one seems better, handles complex websites more gracefully.