RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis Speaks About the BlackBerry Bold 9700 In Germany

By Bla1ze on 22 Oct 2009 11:00 am EDT
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While press releases for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 were fired off around the world yesterday, the "official" unveilng took place in Germany. At this point we know that numerous carriers will be picking up the device November (think everywhere the original Bold is sold, and more (Bell), some even offering pre-release ordering for it. This video, while not carrier specific, shows off the device rather nicely and even cuts to RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis explaining the new features and services built into the new BlackBerry Bold 9700.

While we know the Bold 9700 is coming soon, not all carriers have released pricing information at this time. Once we start to get listings of all carriers' pricing, we'll be doing a round-up so you're all in the loop in regards to what we can expect to have to pawn to be able to afford this new device. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing carriers are even acknowledging the BlackBerry 9700 is indeed coming.

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31 comments

username0001

In the pics on rim from their website it shows all the side buttons being black. In this video they appear to be the same fake chrome like on my 8900. Am I looking at this wrong?

thadude3

You are wrong look again. The buttons are black, the usb and power contacts are metal color.

username0001

I started thinking "oh no not that crappy chrome everywhere again"

defender007

Bell's retail price will be 599.95$ plus taxes. I have one on pre-order should be getting it by the 29th.

cdulong

Anyone else notice the guy in the background playing with his Iphone?

Javiggan69

Did anybody notice the phone that the other guy is holding? I think its the iPhone.

cgalloni#IM

Yes!! I was about to make the same comment. jejeje

BlackBerryAdict

That's what I was going to say! It's pretty funny.

Javiggan69

we posted at the same time. LOL

silverpatty

i was commenting on the same thing, i wasn't even paying attention because of the guy on his iphone.

rbohica4

Say the same thing; dude is playing with an iphone, RIM wouldn't be happy about that....

John Yester

lol I was just about to comment that. iPhone in the background!!!

JRSCCivic98

OMG Mike is so full of isht!!! "Push Email gets delivered to your BB the instant it shows up in your mailbox." That's a crock... NOT FOR BIS CUSTOMERS BUDDY!!!

God I wish these people would be more truthful. And what's up with the 6th grade sounding book report of a speech. What is this "show and tell"?

Also, 624MHz proc and 256MB IS NOT REVOLUTIONARY by any means. It might be for RIM, but most certainly not for everyone else. RIM needs to outgrow these type of baby step advancements. Mike and his hockey buddy are holding back RIM's true potential. Stop making the same old tired and repackaged hardware and OS. The clock's a tickin'.

xgm541

you are right, 624 mhz and 256 MB ram is not revolutionary but as far as i know the only other smartphone which has comparable specs is the iphone. Any HTC device uses a CRAPPY qualcomm chipset which might have a fast frequency but is in no way, shape or form comparable to the 624 MHz processor RIM uses, as far as performance goes.

also, the revolutionary part here includes the form factor. you try putting in all that hardware into the side of the 8900.

JRSCCivic98

Year after year, technology gets smaller and smaller. Of course it's expected for them to fit it into a smaller form factor. The Bold was after all their first 3G AT&T design and they even kinda failed on that one. You remember how long it took AT&T to release it because of software issues? Bottom line is, they've gotten into the habbit of making the same thing year after year and people ARE starting to get tired of it. They need to rework the infrastructure and the OS on the phones. Then they will be playing the game again. Until they can provide near-instant push to ALL of their subscribers, their Push technology IS NOT #1.

Oh, and the part about the speech, my gripe is that Mike seemed like he was reading a Tech Brief on the handset. I mean, come on... the guy should know his devices inside and out, not show up reading a book. :rolleyes:

ymoymo

No talent for communication at all and no innovation... The 9700 is a nice to have bold 9000 but nothing really new ...

mirotis

It is a presentation man.... what did you expect them to say... We suck as a company???....

Because trully they don't!!! Compared to ALL other smartphones they are the BEST for Business Users!!! And of course they are NOT STUPID also. You think that any company, not just RIM would come out and say... we created the Ultimate phone with 1000 Mhz processor, nvidia's new HD chipset, Wi-Fi B/G/N, AMOLED screen, Bluetooth 3??? No FREAKING WAY... because then what would they sell???

mirotis

I meant that everyone would buy that phone and that's that. No new phone models after that for some time, since the top of the top would already exist in one phone. Companies are taking slow steps in what new they are offering in their phones for marketing purposes and to make money of course by producing different models that are better is something and worse in something else.

mirotis

And what it the repackaged OS about???? You want a NEW OS??? Get Android!! 5.0 that the 9700 is featuring is awesome!

BB1337

Recorded in Bochum, Germany, where the new Bold 9700 is produced. (The production line there was bought by Rim earlier this year, after the former owner Nokia announced to move to Romania.)

Artrapp23

Do you see the Iphone in the background? Wow!

devGOD

that guy that just walked into the shot was RUDE!

lifebeginsat40

major fail compaired to the 9000. sigh!oh well....

username0001

what is with the red light during the video

BB1337

digital cam auto focus infrared light ;)

MacAlert

lol at the guy typing on an iPhone in the background.

abdul

I havent heard anyone mention if this phone will be on Verizon or Sprint network.

bichondesbiches

Is it me or the guy next to Vivek Bhardwaj is on his iPhone?