The loudest buzz in the Blackberry community is all about the soon to be released Blackberry 9700 Bold, also being called the Onyx. The much-anticipated model is expected to be released before the end of the year. Originally, the device was thought to be an AT&T exclusive, but Al Sacco of CIO.com has recently released information from, according to him, the PR department of T-Mobile USA, which states that the Onyx will definitely be released on T-Mobile in the near future. T-Mobile is reported to have said:
“The BlackBerry ‘Onyx’ sports a premium experience and design with a high-gloss black finish and leather grain detail on the back. Boasting features such as high-speed 3G Web browsing, Wi-Fi calling, visual voicemail and support for corporate and personal e-mail options, the ‘Onyx’ will satisfy all your on-the-go needs. Also the phone comes preloaded with mobile applications from BlackBerry App World, including Amazon MP3 store for quick and easy music downloads and TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn directions.”
Other rumored details of the device that have been posted on Crackberry.com include Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE , UMTS/HSDPA, 480×360 resolution display (Bold 9000 has a 480 x 320; 9700 display should be the same or very similar to the screen on the Curve 8900), Wi-Fi a,b,g, OS 5.0, QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel AF camera, and Bluetooth. The Onyx is also said to support WIFI calling, which is great for people who have come to use applications like Skype and Google Voice.
What seems to have Blackberry addicts most excited is that the 9700 Bold will be released with the new “Track Pad” instead of the traditional scroll ball. The track pad from the Curve 8520 has been getting great reviews, so enthusiasts can rest assured that they will not have to revert back the trackball. The new Bold is believed to have 256MB of application memory and the battery is expected to last much longer than the Blackberry 9000.
Undoubtedly, Blackberry Onyx will look great and perform it’s ass off but what has me concerned is the Bold’s faux leather back. I am all about taking risks and switching things up a bit, but what exactly are they going for here? I suppose the faux black leather looks alright in an “I’m in my grandmother’s SAAB” kind of way, but I saw a picture of a prototype with a brown faux leather, and the image that immediately came to mind was 80’s porn star. Hopefully, you’ll be able to opt out of the leather option entirely.