The Bold 9790 is a traditional BlackBerry, offering a 2.45-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging and emails. As with the Bold 9900/9930, the 9790's display is also a touchscreen, and delivers a respectable 480 x 360 resolution with 246 dots per inch.
The 9790 is motivated by a 1-GHz processor, which appears to be a single-core chip. It has 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of onboard storage. It will accept microSD cards up to 32 GB, if you need that much space for files on your phone. It comes with the typical 5-megapixel camera, which boasts autofocus and a flash. Video capture is limited to VGA at 640 x 480. It supports the usual spate of wireless networks, including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and (initially) AT&T's 3G network.
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The Curve 9380 has a similar feature set, but changes things up a bit. The 9380 gets rid of the keyboard entirely and is a full touch phone. The display measures 3.2-inches and has 480 x 360 pixels at 188 pixels per inch. RIM didn't specify how fast its processor is, but the 9380 offers only 512 MB of memory.
Like the 9790, the 9380 has the same wireless network support, microSD card support, camera/video features, and optical trackpad and BlackBerry controls.
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Neither breaks any new ground in terms of design, appearance, or capabilities. Meanwhile, Android manufacturers continue to roll out smartphones with 4.65-inch displays, 1.2-GHz dual-core chips, 4G, 8-megapixel cameras with 1080p video capture, and other enticing features.
Will RIM sell a bunch of the new 9790s and 9380s? Sure, but not enough to help it recover its continually weakening market position.