BlackBerry Bold 9900 not launching until September?

Multiple anonymous sources have confirmed that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 won’t be hitting store shelves until September. Although that’s still arguably within the “summer” timeframe iterated in the 9900’s launch press release, it’s still a ways off, and a bit disappointing when we’re waiting on lots of other RIM hardware, like the Torch 2 9810 and Curve Apollo.

The Bold 9900 is the first in a whole new line of next-gen BlackBerry devices built with faster processors, smoother graphics, near-field communications, and support for augmented reality apps. The 9900 in particular has a 5 megapixel camera with a 720p video recording, a 1.2 GHz processor, a 2.8-inch 640 x 480 touchscreen,  8 GB of internal storage plus microSD, 768 MB of RAM, plus the usual fare like HSPA+, GPS, and Wi-Fi b/g/n with mobile hotspot.  We got some hands-on time with the Bold 9900 last month, if you want to see how it runs.

Going the next couple of months without a new BlackBerry smartphone going on sale would be bad news for RIM, especially if no WiMAX PlayBook lands on Sprint this summer either. Lately RIM’s stock has been taking a beating, and even if this rumour turns out to be untrue, it will hurt investor sentiments and BlackBerry loyalists alike. Any diehard BlackBerry fans willing to wait until September to pick up the 9900, or are you at the end of your rope and looking at Android or iPhone?

[via BGR]

  • Im not at the end of the rope but im loosing me freaken patience! Thinking about the evo 3D and wishing that the stripped down version of bbm would come out for it…

  • Ditched RIMM in February for the Evo and haven’t looked back. Between the Curve that took almost 30min to boot up when I intended to reboot, to the spontaneous reboots, horrible apps, and everything else?  It would take a helluva product to get me to come back.

  • Guest

    A new blackberry smartphone was what dictated me into getting the playbook. I thought i would have one of the new BB’s ealrly but, September is a long time from now and I’ll probably just get neither. Ipad and Iphone is my decision now. Blackberry has itself to blame for their stocks falling

  • Guest

    my 9700 is beat.  i really was hoping for the 9900 to be released this month, was willing to pay straight up with no upgrade incentive even.  fml

  • Imabc

    Blackberry has dropped the ball. They should be ashamed of themselves. 2 yes ago I would have laughed in ur face if u told me I’d lose my bum but this is the last week of my contract and I’m gone forever.

  • RIM’s hardware always has been and always will be impressive.  The problem is that their software quality goes downhill, and their allowing networks to take MONTHS to release software updates for phones has got to go.

    The good news is a september release frame will give me time to evaluate whatever Apple releases as an update to the iPhone, be it an iPhone 4s or an iPhone 5.  After Apple’s WWDC and seeing all the interesting stuff iOS 5 is going to be capable of, I’m ready to jump ship.  I love my Blackberry, my wife loves hers, but I’m sick of a lackluster user experience.  At this point, a RIM device, in the Bold form factor, running Windows Phone 7, is looking really, really good.  I just hope Android and Java die in a fire. Neither have done anything for the phone software ecosystem except pollute it. RIM could stand to make a fortune if they could release their premium hardware optimized for a better operating system and app system. 

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