Smartphone manufacturers are generally a secretive bunch, they like to try and keep their ideas to themselves until the last minute or use controlled leaks to specific websites or Twitter accounts. This one we don’t think was controlled; Verizon has leaked the BlackBerry Bold 9930 on their own website – oops!
Normally when we hear of leaks they are on a leaflet that someone has managed to get hold of or something along those lines but what Engadget’s Sharif Sakr is saying is they have accidentally jumped the gun. The author tells us that if you go to the sales page for the BlackBerry 9650 and click on the “explore features” video there was the unexpected treat of a video walkthrough of the unreleased Bold 9930 instead of the intended device you were seeking details of.
The device seems to have a 1.2GHz processor, runs on the BlackBerry 7OS and has a 2.8-inch touchscreen. Going back to May Debbie Turner actually added a report that the new model had a confirmed release date of this summer. This handset is described as being global meaning that it can run on both the CDMA and GSM networks meaning it can be carried by Verizon along with the other carriers such as T-Mobile too.
What we know about the device so far is the specs we mentioned above along with 8GB of internal storage which is expandable by microSD, 768MB of RAM and a five megapixel rear facing camera that can record in 720pHD. One of the most intriguing features of this device is the pinch and zoom on the screen which has a resolution of 640×480; they also mention that this is the thinnest BlackBerry yet. It also has the largest QWERTY keyboard that we have seen on a RIM device which is perhaps their new way forward.
Personally I don’t see where RIM and BlackBerry can go; their devices are being outsold completely by the iPhone and just about all of the Android devices. More and more companies are opting for Android based devices as they are generally cheaper than that of a BlackBerry and dare I say it… Of a higher quality. The most appealing things about this device are the fact that you can pinch to zoom in on the screen and that it’s a global phone.
Still, watch the video below courtesy of Engadget and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.