BlackBerry Bold 9780

Uploaded by MobileGazette on 27.10.2010

BlackBerry Bold 9780.
Expected November 2010.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a minor update to last year's BlackBerry Bold 9700, doing
just enough to keep this long running product line vaguely competitive.
There's not much to say about the 9780, major changes from the previous version include
a software update to the improved BlackBerry 6 operating system, a 5 megapixel camera (up
from 3.2 megapixels), double the amount of internal Flash storage at 512MB and that is
about it. The 9780 shares the 9700's 480 x 360 pixel non-touch display, GPS, WiFi and
3.5G connectivity, Bluetooth, a microSD slot (with a 2GB card in the box), a multimedia
player and a 3.5mm audio socket.
Because this is a BlackBerry, it does all the usual things that a modern BlackBerry
will do, including excellent messaging support and personal information management tools,
there's a reasonable web browser which will be somewhat hampered by the small 2.44" display
and an application pool of 10,000 varied packages including a selection of those all-important
fart apps.
There's nothing really in the 9780 which will attract new customers to the BlackBerry camp,
and there's not much to tempt people from the old 9700 either (which will be upgradeable
to BlackBerry 6 sometime soon). If you are using an older version of the Bold or Curve
then it might be an attractive upgrade.
The physical dimensions of the 9780 are identical to the 9700, coming in at 109 x 60 x 14mm
and weighing 122 grams. The large 1500 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 6 hours
talktime and 17 days standby time on 3G.
If you're after a Bold 9780 then you won't have long to wait as RIM say that the handset
should start to be available worldwide from November onwards. No pricing has been specified,
but as the existing 9700 retails for a fairly expensive €450 or so we would expect the
9780 to cost a little more than that at launch.