Now that the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and 9860 have been announced with nary a peep about NFC, it’s looking like the Bold 9900 will have a distinct lead on features versus the other OS 7 smartphones from RIM. The downside is you might end up paying a premium, according to a leaked slide from T-Mobile. We already know they’re aiming to launch the device on August 31, but the price of the phone with a two year contract may be $299 after $50 mail-in rebate, or $599 outright.
The BlackBerry Bold will be running at 14.4 Mbps on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network (call that 4G if you want), and step up processor speed to 1.2 GHz with a bit of help from 768 MB of RAM. The screen goes back to the classic Bold’s size of 2.8 inches, and cranks up the resolution to 640 x 480. As mentioned, NFC is going to be the big selling point, but there are a few other new additions, including a magnetic compass for augmented reality apps to use, 720p video recording on the 5 megapixel camera, mobile hotspot functions, and a brand new graphics rendering engine. If you want a closer look, check out our hands-on video here.
$300 seems a little high, considering even the most recent Android phones on T-Mobile are going for $199 or less. A few years ago, when BlackBerry still had some brand cache value, RIM might have been able to pull this off, but I have a feeling this price will drop very quickly. Anyone willing to pick up the 9900 on launch day at that price, be it on T-Mobile or elsewhere?