Tools Featured in this Teardown

Introduction

One of the latest phones from RIM, dubbed the Blackberry Bold 2, the 9700 is the first Blackberry to sport a trackpad. This very welcome new addition will replace the much maligned trackball of old. Infamous for acquiring dirt and other gunk the old trackball would quickly become difficult or irritating to use.

Other notable features new in this phone are a built-in threaded SMS app, an autofocus camera and an LED flash.

Onyx is RIM's Codename for the Bold2

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your BlackBerry Bold 9700, use our service manual.

Well there it is, the Blackberry 9700. Other than the trackpad there aren't many notable features, but hey it's a Blackberry! It's also smaller and cheaper than it's predecessor the 9000. Well let's get to work, make sure to turn the phone off first!
  • Well there it is, the Blackberry 9700. Other than the trackpad there aren't many notable features, but hey it's a Blackberry! It's also smaller and cheaper than it's predecessor the 9000.

  • Well let's get to work, make sure to turn the phone off first!

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Slide the backplate down and lift it off. This is frustratingly easy, so much so that the backplate will sometimes come off just pulling the phone out of its holster! Use your thumb to pull the battery up from the bottom of the phone and slide it out. Nothing too tricky. You can handle that, right?
  • Slide the backplate down and lift it off. This is frustratingly easy, so much so that the backplate will sometimes come off just pulling the phone out of its holster!

  • Use your thumb to pull the battery up from the bottom of the phone and slide it out. Nothing too tricky. You can handle that, right?

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The memory card can be annoyingly difficult to get out, but I find the trick is to push it down and slide your fingernail off quickly to allow the springs to do half of the work for you. Once the tiny card is within reach grasp it with your thumb and index finger and slide it out. No, my phone did NOT come with a 16GB memory card, but this was the first accessory I bought for the phone, and it is filled to the brim with music! The 3.5mm headphone jack makes this phone double as a pretty decent mp3 player. Push your sim card up to slide it out from under the slot and then pull the card out and set it aside.
  • The memory card can be annoyingly difficult to get out, but I find the trick is to push it down and slide your fingernail off quickly to allow the springs to do half of the work for you. Once the tiny card is within reach grasp it with your thumb and index finger and slide it out.

  • No, my phone did NOT come with a 16GB memory card, but this was the first accessory I bought for the phone, and it is filled to the brim with music! The 3.5mm headphone jack makes this phone double as a pretty decent mp3 player.

  • Push your sim card up to slide it out from under the slot and then pull the card out and set it aside.

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Alright, the basics are out of the way, let's tear this sucker apart! First step is to pull off the small plastic strip that rests under the keyboard. Take your plastic spudger or plastic opening tool of choice and work your way under either side of the plastic. Once it is loose enough grab it with your fingers and pull it up towards the top of the phone and set it aside. Be careful about how much pressure you apply to the keyboard. There are tiny silver strips going between each row of keys and these will break very, very easily. If you look closely you can see I have small pieces of the lowest silver strip broken off on both sides. You have been warned! Go figure that the cell companies would pick the very first and easiest piece to remove to stick their ugly corporate branding on. Oh well! If you'd like, feel free to take a bit of fine grit sand paper to the logo on this piece now that you've got it removed!
  • Alright, the basics are out of the way, let's tear this sucker apart! First step is to pull off the small plastic strip that rests under the keyboard. Take your plastic spudger or plastic opening tool of choice and work your way under either side of the plastic. Once it is loose enough grab it with your fingers and pull it up towards the top of the phone and set it aside.

  • Be careful about how much pressure you apply to the keyboard. There are tiny silver strips going between each row of keys and these will break very, very easily. If you look closely you can see I have small pieces of the lowest silver strip broken off on both sides. You have been warned!

  • Go figure that the cell companies would pick the very first and easiest piece to remove to stick their ugly corporate branding on. Oh well! If you'd like, feel free to take a bit of fine grit sand paper to the logo on this piece now that you've got it removed!

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With the first piece removed we now have access to the first 2 screws. These are T5 screws so you'll need a small torx screwdriver. I picked up one from Lowe's for 7 or 8 bucks. You'll notice the screw on the left has some white paint over it. This is presumably warranty verification, so if you were excited because you managed to get the plastic strip off without breaking the silver piece on the keyboard, sorry, but the second you stick that screwdriver into the head of that screw your warranty is void, dude. You'll notice the screw on the left has some white paint over it. This is presumably warranty verification, so if you were excited because you managed to get the plastic strip off without breaking the silver piece on the keyboard, sorry, but the second you stick that screwdriver into the head of that screw your warranty is void, dude.
  • With the first piece removed we now have access to the first 2 screws. These are T5 screws so you'll need a small torx screwdriver. I picked up one from Lowe's for 7 or 8 bucks.

  • You'll notice the screw on the left has some white paint over it. This is presumably warranty verification, so if you were excited because you managed to get the plastic strip off without breaking the silver piece on the keyboard, sorry, but the second you stick that screwdriver into the head of that screw your warranty is void, dude.

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There are only a few tabs to release to get the trim off. Take your pry tool and insert it between the lcd and silver trim. It shouldn't take much pressure as the plastic is very flexible. Then slide it down to about where the keys meet the screen and pry it out a bit. You should hear the tab pop out. There is another tab on the opposite side in the same location, centered near where the keys and screen meet. Lastly, you'll need to pop a couple more tabs up from under the trim at the bottom of the phone. Don't mind my photography here, I didn't have an assistant so I used a couple extra iPod tools to prop up the phone!
  • There are only a few tabs to release to get the trim off. Take your pry tool and insert it between the lcd and silver trim. It shouldn't take much pressure as the plastic is very flexible. Then slide it down to about where the keys meet the screen and pry it out a bit. You should hear the tab pop out.

  • There is another tab on the opposite side in the same location, centered near where the keys and screen meet.

  • Lastly, you'll need to pop a couple more tabs up from under the trim at the bottom of the phone. Don't mind my photography here, I didn't have an assistant so I used a couple extra iPod tools to prop up the phone!

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Once you've got the tabs from the sides and bottom released lift the trim up from the bottom of the phone and push the whole piece up towards the top of the phone. The section covering the lock and mute buttons should slide off of the section of the phone above the lcd and the whole piece will come off. This phone is remarkably easy to take apart, and all of the sudden the guts are all exposed and stuff!
  • Once you've got the tabs from the sides and bottom released lift the trim up from the bottom of the phone and push the whole piece up towards the top of the phone. The section covering the lock and mute buttons should slide off of the section of the phone above the lcd and the whole piece will come off.

  • This phone is remarkably easy to take apart, and all of the sudden the guts are all exposed and stuff!

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The next step is to remove the keypad. There's really nothing holding it on but friction at this point, and it may have fallen off when you removed the trim. But if it's still sitting there go ahead and grab it and pull it off. The trackpad will remain, we will get to that in a minute. With the trim and keypad removed we now have 4 more T5 screws revealed surrounding the LCD. These screws are holding in the mainboard. Go ahead and remove them.
  • The next step is to remove the keypad. There's really nothing holding it on but friction at this point, and it may have fallen off when you removed the trim. But if it's still sitting there go ahead and grab it and pull it off. The trackpad will remain, we will get to that in a minute.

  • With the trim and keypad removed we now have 4 more T5 screws revealed surrounding the LCD. These screws are holding in the mainboard. Go ahead and remove them.

  • These 4 screws are silver, where the first 2 were black. They are also shorter, so make sure you remember that. Shouldn't be too hard.

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Time to remove the mainboard. The only thing left to do before we can pull it out is to disconnect the ribbon connector at the top for the media card slot. Lift the board up near the top of the phone and slide it out away from the bottom of the phone and it should come out easily.
  • Time to remove the mainboard. The only thing left to do before we can pull it out is to disconnect the ribbon connector at the top for the media card slot.

  • Lift the board up near the top of the phone and slide it out away from the bottom of the phone and it should come out easily.

  • Take care when removing the mainboard, as some of the tactile buttons from the side of the phone may fall out. These small pieces are easy to lose, so if they fall out make sure to remember where they went and put them back or set them with the rest of the parts. Don't forget to reattach the buttons to the phone's lower case before replacing the mainboard!

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The next step is to remove the trackpad. Flip the mainboard over and disconnect the large ribbon connector from the center. Flip the mainboard back over and simply lift the trackpad up and carefully slide the ribbon connector through the opening.
  • The next step is to remove the trackpad. Flip the mainboard over and disconnect the large ribbon connector from the center.

  • Flip the mainboard back over and simply lift the trackpad up and carefully slide the ribbon connector through the opening.

  • Yup, that's all there is to this unique little part. Makes you wonder what took them so long!

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I noticed there are a couple of connectors where it appears an external antenna could be connected, but they aren't accessible once the board is inserted into the lower case. Perhaps there were additional plans or a larger antenna planned that didn't pan out? And yes, AT&T has even managed to slap their name inside the phone, and no I didn't mess up that sticker, it was already scratched up like that when I got the phone open!
  • I noticed there are a couple of connectors where it appears an external antenna could be connected, but they aren't accessible once the board is inserted into the lower case. Perhaps there were additional plans or a larger antenna planned that didn't pan out?

  • And yes, AT&T has even managed to slap their name inside the phone, and no I didn't mess up that sticker, it was already scratched up like that when I got the phone open!

  • Anyone have any idea what 'ONYX' means? Leave a comment if you think you know!

  • ONYX is the RIM Blackberry codename for the 9700

ONYX might be the codename for the processor, or the codename of the GSM-based (AT&T) version of the phone.

Chris Green - Reply

Onyx is a RIM codename. The connectors are for testing at the factory

Ryan - Reply

Onyx is RIM's codename for BlackBerry Bold 9700.

Joshua Soerjodibroto - Reply

Onyx was the RIM internal codename for the 9700.

Sean Armstrong - Reply

good day may problema bb bold 9700 ko ayaw ng mag power dinala ko cell phone repair shop ok nman ang battery ayaw lng mag power bk raw ireformat o ireprogram n, then i go to another shop ganun rin. bigla n lng sya nag shutdown not totally shutdown LCD lng dati ang nawala ksi may power ang keypad, pls. help me sayang ang phone bk may maitutulong kyo s akin. salamat...

jericsantos20 - Reply

Just once piece left to remove, the media card slot. Gently lift the ribbon cable up, and pry the small metal piece up from the lower case using your fingernails. Take care not to put any stress on the tiny and fragile ribbon cable! It will break easily. It is not necessary to peel this cable up from the metal piece below, as they will come up together, and you can't take the ribbon cable off anyways.
  • Just once piece left to remove, the media card slot. Gently lift the ribbon cable up, and pry the small metal piece up from the lower case using your fingernails.

  • Take care not to put any stress on the tiny and fragile ribbon cable! It will break easily. It is not necessary to peel this cable up from the metal piece below, as they will come up together, and you can't take the ribbon cable off anyways.

  • Slide the slot up and out of the lower case. That's it!!

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WillyDavidK

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ONYX is indicating which phone it is. In this case you have the AT&T ONYX Blackberry Bold 9700 2.

boricua8686 - Reply

Do you know where the default antenna is? For some reason after taking it apart (no breakage) and putting it back together the reception has decreased considerably. any thoughts?

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