EXCLUSIVE: RIM announces the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Mobile Choice is in Bochum, Germany at the official launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9700, RIM's latest smartphone marvel. PAcking all the credentials you'd want from a high end handset, with its smooth leather back and svelte waistline it's also no ugly duckling. With HSDPA, Wi-Fi, built-in GPS and Bluetooth all connectivity needs are met, while there's also room for a finger-friendly full QWERTY keyboard.


As seen on the BlackBerry Curve 8520, RIM has opted for a touch-sensitive trackpad as opposed to their more familiar trackball, while there's a token 3.2-megapixel camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording. Found on the top of the handset is a row of dedicated media keys that sit side by side with a 3.5mm headset jack. 


Users will of course have access to a host of applications from the BlackBerry App World, while the Bold 9700 can be synced with any music you have on iTunes or Windows Media Player. There may only be 256MB of internal false memory, but RIM has been kind enough to include a 2GB memory card, while the device currently supports 16GB cards RIM says the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be developed to support 32GB cards.


The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available across all networks and will begin shipping from November, though currently there's no word on pricing.




Size: 109 x 60 x 14.1mm

Weight: 122 grams

Connectivity: HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Camera: 3.2-megapixel camera

GPS: Yes

Talktime: 360 minutes

Standby time: 408 hours

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