If the latest rumors filtering down the various intertubes prove to be on point, Canadian fans of the RIM’s push-emailing smartphones could see Rogers launching the heralded BlackBerry Bold 9000 on August 19th.
The BlackBerry Bold 9000 has already gone live in Chile, Germany, and Austria, but North American releases are still rumored to be at least a couple weeks off. Previous speculation hit fairly close to the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9000’s launch date in Germany and Austria on August 6th, but we could see Rogers go live with the Bold ahead of the speculated end-of-August launch window (depending on how close to the end of the month you consider the 19th to be).
Regardless, the BlackBerry Bold’s staggered launch strategy has already kicked off in other parts of the world, so it’s only a matter of weeks before North American carriers AT&T and Rogers bring the Bold to the US and Canada.
What’s all the hubub over the BlackBerry Bold 9000? Well, as RIM’s first 3G-enabled smartphone, the Bold represents a new age of BlackBerry handsets. With a sleeker, more consumer-oriented design and that crisp 480×320 display showing off the new BlackBerry OS 4.6 UI in all it’s high-resolution glory, the BlackBerry Bold should make a big splash. Here’s a quick recap of the BlackBerry Bold’s features:
- Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band (850/1900/2100Mhz) UMTS/HSDPA (3G)
- Half-VGA (480×320 resolution) color LCD screen
- 2 megapixel camera with flash
- Up to 5 hours GSM talk time, up to 13 days standby
- Side-loading memory slot
- 1GB of on-board memory storage
- 624 MHz processor and 128 MB flash memory
- Bluetooth 2.0
- BlackBerry Media Sync
- BlackBerry OS 4.6
- 3.5mm headphone jack