With the BlackBerry Bold 9700 now official, we can take a look at the known specs for the device. Overall, things are to be expected. The device takes everything that the 9000 had, and improves on it. The easiest way to understand the Bold 9700, is to see how it compares to its predecessor.
As you can see from the above image, the form factor is significantly more compact in the 9700 than with the Bold 9000. Every dimension of the 9700 is smaller, especially the weight. The Bold 9700 weighs in at 89 grams, while the Bold 9000 weighs in a 136 grams.
In terms of available features, the Bold 9700 packs everything that the 9000 had, but a few changes have been made. Most notably, the device uses a trackpad, whereas the Bold 9000 uses a trackball. This is unofficially the new standard at RIM and it’s very welcomed. Trackballs tend to break and a trackpad will mean the device lasts much longer. Also improved is the camera. The standard for RIM is now 3.2MP, which provides decent pictures, good enough for sharing on the Internet at least.
The media capabilities of the 9700 are better than the 9000. The 9700 packs 480×360, whereas the Bold 9000 comes in at 480×320. Again, everything we’re reading about this device tells us it’s a little better spec wise with a much more modern form factor.
There isn’t anything spectacular to report in terms of new media functionality but that is to be expected. We do know that this device will ship with OS 5, meaning the media experience from a software perspective will be a little improved. Overall, OS 5 is going to make this device a little better in terms of navigation and user interface.
The battery life has been significantly improved on the 9700. RIM has managed to add 1.5 hours of talk time and 8.5 days of life to the battery. This may turn out to be the most loved feature of them all.
So it looks like the Bold 9700 is shaping up to be a top-of-the-line device. Running on 3G HSDPA networks, packing a 624 MHz processor, 256 MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and WiFi, 3.2MP camera and a sharp display, you can’t go wrong with this BlackBerry.