I guess this is RIM giving the BlackBerry Bold line a blast to the past. They have announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9788 together with China Mobile today. Its the first BlackBerry to support the Chinese TD-SCDMA network though I cannot quite make out what device it is. It looks like it is a rebuild of the 9700 for China Mobile since it has 256MB of RAM instead of the 9780â€™s 512MB. Its also shipping with BlackBerry OS 6.
Check out the press release below or the BlackBerry Bold 9788 page on RIMâ€™s China website if you can read it! Either way it is coming this month.
September 6, 2011 â€“ First BlackBerry smartphone to support TD-SCDMA technology
Waterloo, ON and Beijing, China â€“ Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and China Mobile today introduced the BlackBerryÂ® Boldâ„¢ 9788 smartphone, the newest addition to China Mobileâ€™s BlackBerryÂ® smartphone offering and the first to support the nationâ€™s TD-SCDMA wireless network.
Featuring a sleek, iconic design and an incredibly easy-to-use keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold 9788 is elegantly styled and packed with powerful communications, multimedia and productivity features.
China Mobile and RIM have to date been focused on successfully introducing the BlackBerry solution to enterprise customers in China. The launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9788 smartphone showcases the strong partnership between China Mobile and RIM, and provides a solid foundation from which the two companies will continue to work to better address local market needs. The new smartphone also marks China Mobile and RIMâ€™s efforts to broaden the reach of BlackBerry smartphones and services to Chinese SMBs and professional individuals.
The BlackBerry Bold 9788 is a compact and stylish smartphone that offers a compelling blend of features, performance and design. It supports China Mobileâ€™s TD-SCDMA network, as well as Wi-FiÂ® connectivity and GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. The 5 MP camera comes with a full complement of high-end features including continuous auto focus, scene modes, image stabilization, flash and video recording. The smartphone also includes an expandable memory card slot.