The BlackBerry Bold 9790, one of the upcoming BlackBerry OS 7 devices, seems like is going through a cosmetic redesign. The device is BlackBerry Bold 9900’s little brother, as it has roughly the same specs and comes in a smaller package than the Bold 9900. I think it would be better for RIM if they would have invested the time lost redesigning the Bold 9790 into something more useful, like the upcoming BBX phones, but maybe the company’s designers thought that Bold 9790 looks to much alike like its older and bigger brother and have decided to scrape the old menu buttons. Now let’s take a look at the phone and see when the remodeled device will (most likely) arrive.
As you can see above, RIM decided to switch from flush buttons to separated physical keys, similar to the ones found on the BlackBerry Torch 9850. Frankly, I wasn’t a big fan of the Torch’s design ( I think it looks like an LG Cookie ), so naturally I am not pleased by RIM’s decision to change the Bold 9790 in the same manner. There is a chance that only specific carriers will get the refurbished buttons, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up high.
On the bright side, the same source stated that BlackBerry will release an update BlackBerry OS 7.1 later this year, and supposedly this will be the last big update before the famous QNX arrives. That doesn’t necessarily mean the OS will be abandoned, as it does not prove whether RIM will continue to update its OS in the post-BBX era or not, but considering the vast array of (new) phones that run on BlackBerry OS 7 they should provide some bugfixes and updates when needed.
The new menu buttons are also present in a pic on RIM’s site as the Canadian manufacturer has mistakenly leaked its upcoming smartphone. This also shows that the BlackBerry Bold 9790 release date is probably just around the corner.
BlackBerry Bold 9790 Release Date
According to BGR’s source, the BlackBerry 9790 release date is scheduled for sometime towards the end of November and there are no other hardware changes that we know of.
The fact that the Bold 9790 release date (or at least announcement) is approaching has also been hinted by RIM back in September when the company has published some of the phone’s specs in order to let the app developers prepare/adapt their creations.
Leave us your thoughts on the “redesigned” 9790 and thanks BGR for letting us know the latest rumored BlackBerry Bold 9790 release date.