RIM Begins Worldwide Rollout of BlackBerry Bold

Chile lands international-3G capable BlackBerry first. It’ll soon be followed by the United Kingdom and other markets.
Research In Motion's (Bold) has started rolling out its latest BlackBerry model, Bold, in some international markets. So, if you happen to live in Chile, you can now pick up a BlackBerry Bold from Movistar for 299,990 Chilean pesos (about $583 today) with a two-year agreement.

Sorry, the latest and greatest BlackBerry is not available in the U.S. yet. Nor do we know exactly when it will be made available here. AT&T plans to offer it here, however. And it has already been approved by the FCC for release in this country.

The Bold is supposed to hit Australia - through Telstra - in late September and the UK through Orange on August 16th, just a couple of days from now.

RIM's new smartphone is important for a couple of reasons. It is the first to support tri-band HSDPA 3G wireless data networking on GSM networks worldwide. And, according to reports, the Bold's 480 x 320-pixel (half-VGA) resolution) is the best-looking display every to appear on a smartphone.

It is supposed to be so good, participants in research groups testing the new BlackBerry kept calling the screen "bold" and "brilliant," hence the name.

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The Bold is composed of a black exterior with a satin chrome finished frame and leather-like backplate. It measures 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.55 inches and weighs 4.7 ounces.

RIM's redesigned to the Bold's full-size QWERTY thumb-keyboard to make it easier to use as well.

The Bold integrates GPS and Wi-Fi, in addition to multimedia capabilities.

Inside, Bold sports the most powerful processor, 624MHz, ever found in a BlackBerry. It includes 128 MB Flash memory plus 1 GB on-board storage memory, as well as a microSDHC memory card slot that is conveniently accessible from a side door.

Of course, Bold comes with the RIM's BlackBerry productivity applications, including phone, push e-mail, messaging, organizer and a re-designed browser.

The trackball - first scene as the Pearl in the BlackBerry Pearl - mimics a mouse to make it easier to navigate sites in "Page View" or "Column View" or to zoom in on specific parts of a web page, while various emulation settings allow users to choose between the full desktop-style HTML content and layout or the mobile version.

Attachments can also now be downloaded from within the browser and there is support for watching streaming videos (RTSP – real-time streaming protocol). You can read and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using the preloaded DataViz Documents to Go mobile office suite.

It features a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capability, built-in flash and 5x digital zoom.

The media player can display pictures and slideshows, play movies in full screen mode, and manage music files. Audio can be played over the handset’s dual speakers and when using wired headphones or external speakers, the media player gives the user an equalizer with 11 preset filters – like "Lounge", "Jazz" and "Hip Hop" – that boost or soften audio ranges to create the perfect ambiance.

For managing music and video, the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software includes Roxio Media Manager for BlackBerry as well as Roxio Photosuite 9 LE. For those that manage their collection with iTunes, the new BlackBerry Media Sync application provides a way to sync iTunes digital music collections with the smartphone.

Phone features include Speaker Independent Voice Recognition for Voice Activated Dialing, Bluetooth 2.0 with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, and car kits. It also hsa dedicated 'send', 'end', and 'mute' keys, smart dialing, speed dialing, conference calling and call forwarding.

Noise cancellation technology is supposed to offset background noise

Its removable 1500 mAhr battery should provide approximately 5 hours talk and 13 days standby time.

Like all BlackBerry smartphones, the Bold gives works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which enables advanced security and IT administration within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments, as well as BlackBerry Professional Software for small businesses.

It also works with BlackBerry Internet Service, which gives users access to up to 10 work or personal e-mail accounts and the BlackBerry Unite! software for SOHO and home users.

The Bold will come with a stereo headset, travel charger, carrying case or sleeve and USB cable. Users will also be able to personalize their BlackBerry Bold smartphone by purchasing replaceable leather-like backplates that come in a range of colors.

This article was first published on PDAStreet.com.

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