RIM Launches BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone in India; Features Blackberry 6 OS & 5MP Camera

Research In Motion (RIM) today formerly announced the newest addition to the Blackberry Bold series handset in India, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 Smartphone that features a large 2.4-inch, brand new Blackberry 6 OS and a full QWERTY keyboard along with packing a wide range of communication and multimedia features.


Featuring a premium and iconic design with an incredibly easy-to-use keyboard and revolutionary optical trackpad, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone is the first BlackBerry Bold smartphone to come with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system which is now available in India for Rs. 26,900 from leading leading mobile carriers.

Featuring quite similar looks and feel of its predecessor Blackberry Bold 9700 smartphone, this new Blackberry model delivers a wide range of enhancements including a brand new rich user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser like in Android OS, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature in addition to a high quality new 5 megapixel camera.

The quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz and 3G HSDPA network ready Blackberry Bold 9780 smartphone sports a stylish design has 2.4-inch 400 x 360 pixels TFT scratch resistant display and includes 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone supports 3G networks around the world, includes Wi-Fi 802.11b/g wireless LAN with support for carrier supported Wi-Fi calling (UMA where available) and GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging.

The Bold 9780 comes with a 5 Megapixel camera with a full complement of high-end features including continuous auto focus, scene modes, image stabilization, flash and video recording. The smartphone also supports BlackBerry App World which features a catalog of mobile applications.

The Blackberry Bold 9780 smartphone is equipped with all new touch-sensitive trackpad instead of traditional trackball and includes several social networking appls for Facebook, Myspace, and Flickr. Since new touchpad involves no moving parts, it should be more robust and expected to last long.

The smartphone also integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. The browser offers fluid navigation using the handset’s optical trackpad, includes tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously and provides a zoom feature that can intelligently auto-wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements for easier viewing.

The trackpad employs all the same gestures as the conventional trackball, besides feels similar to using a trackpad on a laptop. To select an option, one can click the pad just like one would with the conventional trackball.

The Blackberry Bold 9780 features 35 key backlit full QWERTY keyboard in addition to several dedicated keys for functions like Send, End, VAD/PTT (User customizable), Camera (User customizable), and 2 x volume. The handset also sports dedicated Media Keys which includes functions like Play/Pause/Mute, Back, and Forward.

Equipped with a 624 MHz processor, Blackberry Curve 9780 phone is powered by BlackBerry’s own brand new Blackberry 6.0 Operating system and it comes with 512 MB shared internal flash memory and it has microSD memory slot supporting up to 32 GB maximum memory storage.

Supporting Polyphonic ringtones along with MP3 ringtones, the new BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone supports 3G HSDPA network and is equipped with GPRS Class 10 connection with upto 48 kbps speed, HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switching Data) wireless connection with upto 38.4 kbps speed, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN connecivity and ultra fast EDGE class 10 connection allowing upto 236.8 kbps data speed.

The 3G ready BlackBerry Bold 9780 also offers wireless Bluetooth v2.0 connection with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) option . The Bluetooth v2.0 with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows listening to music on bluetooth compatible headset like 3.5mm HSP headset absolutely wire-free and in full stereo.

The smartphone is also equipped with standard fast USB v2.0 port (miniUSB port) which is used for both power recharging and PC connectivity for data exchange.

The included media player in BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphones is a full featured media player that allows playing video and audio files. Audio media files supports AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, and AAC-LC and Video format supports MP4/MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3 files and file transfer is fairly fast using USB v2.0 interface.

In addition, it also offers 3.5 mm audio out port to allow users plugin their choice of headphones. One can play, rewind, fast forward, equalize, shuffle tracks and create playlists – just like in any other digital music player.

Available in black color, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone’s some other features includes, WiFi access to Blackberry Enterprise Server, WiFi access to Blackberry Internet Server, built-in full HTML browser, Email Client, Wireless Email, voice memo recording, built-in handsfree Speakerphone, WAP 2.0/xHTML Browser, Java MIDP 2.0 support, picture caller ID, applications such as calendar, currency converter, alarm clock, auto keypad lock, stop watch, and preloaded polyphonic ringtones with ringtone composing application.

Additional features of the new BlackBerry 6 operating system include expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and integrated access to BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and various instant messaging applications on the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone.

Blackberry Bold 978 smartphone’s enhanced multimedia experience includes a dedicated YouTube app and also features redesigned Music and Pictures applications and a new universal search feature that allows users to more effectively search for content on the smartphone as well as extend their search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World.

Equipped with Li-Ion 1150 mAh standard battery, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone offers upto 21 days of standby and 6 hrs of talk time (on GSM network).

Price and Availability

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone is now available from various carriers in India for the estimated MRP of Rs. 26,900. For more information on this product, please visit www.blackberry.com/bold.

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