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BlackBerry to launch newest Bold model in Hong Kong

1 Sep 2011

The newest BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be launched across Hong Kong on September 9, 2011. The new model combines a touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad, higher resolution and NFC technology.

The new handset measures just 10.5mm thick, the brand’s thinnest yet, and consists of the updated BlackBerry 7 operating system (OS) with a browser that runs up to 100 percent faster than the BlackBerry 5 system and 40 percent faster than the BlackBerry 6 system. The dual system of a touchscreen and keyboard bring together the best of both worlds: while the touchscreen boasts a 640 by 480 pixel resolution, the keyboard is also larger than the current Bold models making working on the go much easier. 

The 7 OS also ensures the BlackBerry Bold 9900 can support more apps, including the BlackBerry Travel app, which is a one-stop shop for all travel planning, booking and managing. Other BlackBerry models that run on 7 OS are BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860/9810 and the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370.

Furthermore, the new phone is the first BlackBerry phone to have inbuilt Near Field Communications (NFC) support – a short range wireless technology – which enables automatic communication with NFC readers by tapping the phone against it. This technology is predicted to infiltrate airport hardware allowing passengers to check-in by tapping their phones against a reader, for example.  

Retail prices for the new Bold 9900 phone start at HK$5,688 (US$729).

For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/touchbold

Alisha Haridasani

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