First Impressions: BlackBerry Bold 9790

I got this BlackBerry Bold 9790 unit for review last night. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 was launched last month in Indonesia alongside with the BlackBerry Curve 9380, both running the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

I’m not a QWERTY fan and the last QWERTY phone that I used was one of the earlier models of BlackBerry (remember those thumbwheels?).


I always have this impression that QWERTY phones are hard to use and navigate and I don’t feel quite comfortable holding them in my hands (not to mention the boring UI) but so far, I’ve enjoyed the last 24 hours playing around with this unit.

Unlike its predecessors, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is thin and light-weight. It has a classy design and fits well on my hand. The rubber-like feel on the phone’s back casing and its ergonomics allows me to have a good grip on the unit.  The UI is pretty much responsive and yes, did I mention that it has a touchscreen? It also has support for NFC which is a new feature in all BlackBerry smartphone models.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 will be available early next year with an estimated price of Php23k.

Watch out for our full review next week. Meanwhile check out the specs and enjoy the photos below. Cheers!

BlackBerry Bold 9790 specs:

  • 2.45″³ capacitive touch screen display @ 360×480
  • QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • 1.0 GHz processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 8GB on-board memory
  • microSD slot supporting up to 32GB
  • NFC technology
  • 5MP camera w/ 720p HD video recording
  • GPS with aGPS support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1230 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • BlackBerry 7 OS

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  • Meron bang model ng BlackBerry na below 9k lang ang price? Balak ko kasing bumili sa December 21. Yun lang ang budget ko eh 🙂

    • yung Pearl siguro… or mga lumang Curves which i think is parang di na sulit.

    • Bando

      BB Curve 8520 P8,850 at the Globe store, prepaid yan

      • Currently eto ang kino-consider kong model. I’ve seen it kanina sa Globe Market! Market! and it looks great. Ilang recipient ang kayang padalhan nito at 1 text?

  • Pinoy Persuasion

    Not worth it!

  • I currently own BB Curve 9360 and if in case that I would upgrade mine, I’d rather get the Bold 9900. Di ko gusto yung layout ng hardware keys ng 9790 mas maganda pa yung porma ng BB ko. Still on the look out for the BB Playbook 😉

  • I’ve seen the BB Curve 8520 at BB Pearl. I love the Pearl sobra. Kaso, ‘di na s’ya available sa Globe. So one last question na lang. Ilang recipients ang kayang padalhang ng BB sa isang text lang? I’m into Group Message (GM) kasi. I have a Globe clan. So gusto ko sana i-maximize yung unlitxt plan ko sa Globe. I want to send to as many recipients as possible. Mga nasa 40+ kasi members ng clan namin. Any idea on this capability ng BB?

    • not sure eh… ang alam ko lang is max member in a group is 30. not sure dun sa text recipient. can you test and let us know?

  • Calvin, is the silver bezel of 9790 same as 9700?

    • If you mean the chrome siding i believe it’s the same.