BlackBerry Bold 9790 landing on TELUS December 2?

Following up on their launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9380, Telus is prepping to launch an entry-level version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The BlackBerry 9790 made a stampede-worthy debut in Jakarta, but as far as Canada goes, TELUS isn’t alone. We’ve seen live Bold 9790 units drifting into Rogers stores, and Bell is likely to be launching on December 2 as well.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 isn’t as big of a step down from the 9900 as the Curve 9380 was from the Torch 9850 / 9860, and that’s reflected in the price; the 9790 will be going for $130 on a three-year contract, which is only $40 cheaper than the 9900. The touchscreen measures 2.4 inches and 480 x 360 pixels, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, runs on a 1 GHz processor with 768 MB of RAM, and has the same OS 7 experience we’re seeing on RIM’s latest smartphones. There’s also NFC and a magnetic compass included for augmented reality apps. You can get a look at our hands-on video over here.

I’m not entirely convinced RIM needs a QWERTY smartphone that sits between the properly entry-level Curve 9360 and the top-end Bold 9900, but some people might prefer the smaller form factor.  It would be nice to see this phone on the little guys like Wind Mobile and Mobilicity in Canada, since folks generally buy devices from them without subsidies, which means significant cost for buying a device up-front. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any news about a U.S. release, but for those up north, you can find the Bold 9790 in the TELUS online store over here.

[via MobileSyrup]

  • I think that the Blackberry Bold 9790 is cheaper then the bold 9900 Blackberry because the Bold 9900 is the Blackberry main device… i’m sure many users prefer the bold 9790 over the bold 9900. the 9780 was the best for me until the 9900 and the 9790 has all what a phone should have those days and it still keeps the best things you can get from a Blackberry bold device (such as a QWERTY keyboard and (not like the 9900) a camera with auto-focus and all running on OS 7).

    Telus, Rogers and bell are going to offer the Bold 9790 so it’s great news for the Blackberry users in canada. and i’m happy to hear that Blackberry sticks with their “on time” lunching as they promised to lunch those new phones at the end of the year of 2011. 

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