It would appear that we have a UK release date and SIM-free pricing for the Blackberry 9900, thanks to Amazon.com.
The online retailer quotes a release date of September 15th 2011 for the original black model, and interestingly a white variant will also be released a month later, on October 15th 2011. Amazon is asking a rather hefty £549.99 for the handset on its own, sans-contract. By buying outright you will earn yourself the right to choose which network SIM you want to use with it, and you don’t have to be tied to a contract.
We already know that UK networks Three, O2 and Vodafone will be offering the handset when it is released in the UK, as all three confirmed their interest in the handset shortly after RIM announced it. With the phone set to become the top-of-the-range Blackberry, we would certainly imagine all UK networks will be stocking it come September.
So what will you get for your £549.99? Well, the 9900 is billed as the slimmest Blackberry ever at just 10.5mm thick. It’s also set to become the fastest and most powerful Blackberry, thanks to the speedy 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM. The 9900 will combine Blackberry’s legendary QWERTY keyboard with a 2.8-inch touchscreen which has a 640 x 480 resolution. HD video recording is available in 720p quality thanks to the 5MP rear camera, which also has autofocus, LED flash and a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels on still images.
The Blackberry 9900 will run a brand new version of Blackberry’s own operating system, Blackberry OS 7.0. It has 8GB of onboard storage (expandable by 32GB via MicroSD card), Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, 14.4Mbps HSDPA (3G), NFC (Near Field Communications) and of course RIM’s most desirable features – Email and Blackberry Messenger (BBM).
You can pre-order both the black and white models from Amazon today, but which one will you go for? Let us know if you’re eager to get your hands on the next Blackberry, and in which colour! You can get to our Twitter page here.
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