BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Review & Pictures

Since the first rumor, we have expected BlackBerry Bold Touch  9900 for 2 years. This new generation BlackBerry smartphone gains much attention on. Now I’m proudly to introduce BlackBerry 9900 review for you to learn detailed specifications about BlackBerry 9900.(This BlackBerry 9900 review is based on a protype phone.)


NFC Function

RIM used many fancy functions on its new BlackBerry Bold Touch  9900. These functions include touch screen, 3G and 1.2Ghz CPU. There is no reason to leave NFC tech.


In Wikipedia, there is a NFC definition as below:

Near field communication, or NFC, allows for simplified transactions, data exchange, and connections with a touch. A smartphone or tablet with an NFC chip could make a credit card payment or serve as keycard or ID card. NFC devices can read NFC tags on a museum or retail display to get more information or an audio or video presentation. NFC can share a contact, photo, song, application, or video or pair Bluetooth devices.

9900 added NFC in its network management list.


Users are able to see some common set in NFC setting. Because of lacking NFC support arround author’s place, there is no NFC test report included here. But we should have confidence that NFC tech will brings big change in our daily life. At lease it will make BlackBerry OS 7 devices more convenient.


Picture below shows the place of NFC antenna. It’s just a tiny component.

BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 NFC

Auto focus

Here is a BB 9900 photograph introduction. From this video, you can learn that BlackBerry Bold Touch  9900 have canceled the auto focus function.

BlackBerry bold touch 9900 auto focus function

Since the 9900 upgraded many hardwares but keep thin, RIM sacrificed some functions. The auto focus function is one being abandoned. Because of the volume limit, there is no place for auto focus module. So the 9900 and 9930 have no auto focus function.

In the photographing screen, you won’t see a focus frame.


However, the picture quality and photo speed is still very high. It should be a software optimization effect.


BlackBerry have many model to select in order to fit current situation. It even support microspur.


Above all, the lack of auto focus function is a shortage. But the software optimization effect with a thin body makes it acceptable. After all, smartphone is not a proffesional choice for photographing. We can learn from the poplar of Instagram that the real point is that people are most likely to share and edit picture other than photographing.


Compared to Bold 9000, we can see BlackBerry Bold Touch  9900 carried some design from 9000. But the new black piano lacquer keypad makes it more beautiful. A big difference is that trace ball changed to touch pad. And Bold 9900 have a beautiful light which makes it very cute when backlight lighted.


The side face changes little. Keyboard looks the same with 9000. But the thinner appearance and more beautiful frame makes me excited.


9900 changed the storage card place. Its place is more like 9700. But have a cleaner look out.


9900 put the Lock bottom in the middle of its top.



9900 will be popular with most BBers. Its great design and powerful hardware makes it a very good choice. And the OS 7 would deserve BBers trust.