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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Officially Announced for CDMA networks

This is WES week, so RIM is finally releasing some new kit, at least officially. Here is the first piece of news we’re getting from it. Stay tuned for a lot more, because we have two of our best men in the field, keeping us all updated on what is going on at the event.

So if you are on a CDMA carrier and have been eagerly awaiting for the new CDMA BlackBerry, your wait has just become shorter. Today is the day of the official release of the Bold 9650. The phone itself is old news, it has been widely reported for quite some time. This is just an official release. At least now we can provide official information on the specs and everything. It’s a pretty good-looking and feature-rich BlackBerry if I may say so myself. CDMA users always suffered a little BlackBerry envy with their usually late coming models, maybe the table will be turned this time around.

Here are some specs:

  • 3G (EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America; 2100Mhz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM abroad)
  • optical trackpad
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
  • 512 MB internal Flash memory
  • slot for microSDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • 2 GB card included
  • 2.44″ high-resolution display, 480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi
  • 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, auto focus and video recording
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
  • GPS with support for geotagging
  • removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time
  • Dimensions: 4.4″ x 2.4″ x .56″ — 4.8 oz

According to RIM, the Bold 9650 should be available from carriers in the United States as early as next month. You should be able to get a little extra information at the BlackBerry Bold series page and at their media gallery page.

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  1. I personally think RIM and especially the carriers should give a free (or discounted) upgrade to all the current Tour owners. Putting up with the crappy HW problem and an OS that is still a work in progress on the current Tour has been truly a test of time.

    • Agreed. I have a Sprint Tour, bought about 6 months ago :/

      • I’ll third this motion. RIM really screwed we Tour early adopters over. For whatever reasons they let Verizon and Sprint push them into launching it without OS 5.0 and without WiFi. While the trackball problem was a pain, it was corrected early on and everyone with a problem trackball can get a free replacement phone. But making us suffer through the bastardized OS that was 4.7.1.x and the lack of WiFi really sucked. Verizon and Sprint (with collaboration from RIM) should “do the right thing” and offer any 9630 owner a minimal cost/non contract extending upgrade to the 9650.

  2. IMHO this phone doesn’t deserve the Bold name. It’s a Tour w/ a better screen and trackpad. *sigh*

  3. Anyone heard if it will be offered both with and without camera like was the 9630?

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