RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9900 wins FCC approval, sports NFC capabilities

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In May Research in Motion unveiled its 9900 series of Blackberry Bold smartphones, and today the device made an appearance on the FCC.  While the design of the 9900 differs little from previous versions of the Bold, the device is RIM’s first phone with Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.

Known in FCC filings as the RDU71CW, the 9900 sports a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory and a 5MP camera.  The device will come in GSM/HSPA+ and global flavors (9930).  There’s no indication what RIM has planned for the 9900’s NFC capabilities, although features such as mobile payments, smart tag reading and short range data transfer are likely.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and its CDMA cousin, the 9930, will be released in September.

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