Blackberry Unveils New Bold Phone
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Research In Motion has announced its new Blackberry Bold phone that is smaller and lighter than its predecessor.


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The Blackberry Bold 9700 measures 109 x 60 x 14.1 mm, weighs 122 grams (the Bold 9000 measures 114 x 66 x 14mm and weighs 136 grams), and comes with a 624 MHz processor, 256MB of memory, GPS, Wi-Fi, as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera. The company has also replaced the trackball with a touch-sensitive trackpad.

Research In Motion’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Adele Beachley said, “The original BlackBerry Bold was a great achievement and a significant success for RIM in the Australian and New Zealand market. We are now pleased to be bringing the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 to Australia and New Zealand and we believe that customers will be even more impressed with its new and exciting features, exceptional performance and light and optimised design.”

Other features of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone include:

  • A 2.44-inch light-sensing display (480 x 360 resolution)
  • Full-QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch-sensitive trackpad
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Wi-Fi calling
  • 3.2-megapixel camera 
  • Built-in GPS
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music 
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • microSD/SDHD memory card slot (up to 16GB)
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • Bluetooth (2.1) 
  • Removable, rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is expected to be available in Australia and New Zealand later this month.