What is the BlackBerry Bold R020?

We have not heard much about the BlackBerry Bold 9780 recently, but some new leaked documents from Research In Motion (RIM) have shed some light on it. The Bold 9780 is most likely codenamed the R020, and it has gotten some almost official specs. Why are they almost official? Things change during the design process, sometimes as last minute as just before mass production. Lets take a look here:
  • GSM network compatible
  • 3G (HSDPA), GPS, Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm
  • 2.4” diagonal, 480×360 LCD screen
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, zoom
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Colors: Charcoal and white
  • 512MB flash memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • microSD slot support

While none of the specs here are suprising–after all, the 9780 is going to be mostly a BlackBerry OS 6 refresh of the Bold 9700 with double the RAM–there are going to be both camera and non-camera versions of this available. Why non-camera versions? Some companies don’t want their employees taking pictures.

As for the processor inside the R020, rumor has it that it will be running the same 624 MHz processor as the 9700 and the Torch 9800. However, many have criticized the processor in question as slower than what comes in many high-end smartphones from other manufacturers. It is true that the 9800 running with OS 6 sometimes seem a tad slow, however as OS updates roll out, it should improve in the speed category.

Regardless of how you feel about the processor speed though, the 5 megapixel camera that RIM currently uses in its Torch (and presumably being brought to this new device) is not capable of recording video in 720p HD. Also, as RIM has shown signs that it wants to start moving toward more touchscreen models (the recently released Torch, the coming Storm 3, the coming BlackPad, etc.), will customers want a non-touchscreen model? These are all important points.

Let me know if you’re interested in this model or if you will wait for something more impressive to appear in the coming months.

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