Since Research in Motion (RIM) is taking a long time to release the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the Philippines, grey-market sellers are making a killing with these handsets by directly importing them from the US.
A number of stores have been spotted in Greenhills carrying the new Bold 9900 — the cheapest is around Php33k while others, including online sellers, command up to Php37k for the device.
If that’s the going rate, it’s possible we’ll see the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the Php28k range, just like how the Torch 9800 was priced when it was introduced here last year.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 specs:
â€¢ 2.8â€³ capacitive touch screen display (640Ã—480), 287 dpi resolution
â€¢ QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
â€¢ 1.2 GHz processor
â€¢ 768 MB RAM
â€¢ 8GB on-board memory,
â€¢ microSD slot supporting up to 32GB
â€¢ NFC technology
â€¢ 5MP camera w/ 720p HD video recording
â€¢ Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity Sensor
â€¢ GPS with aGPS support
â€¢ Dual-Band WiFi â€“ 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n @ 5GHz
â€¢ Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
â€¢ 1230 mAh Li-Ion battery
â€¢ BlackBerry 7 OS
We had first dibs to check out the Bold 9900 back in June and was impressed with the form factor and performance:
The NFC support is also in question since there’s no practical use for it now. We tried it in the Bold 9900 and the Nokia N9 and the technology is actually impressive.
We’ve also heard of reports that some sellers are also offering the CDMA version (Bold 9930) for a lower price of around Php28k.
What’s still not clear is when RIM will eventually ship their new flagship phone into the country. My guess is late September.
Hat tip Nikko Valenzona.