New BlackBerry 'builds on predecessor's success'

22 October 2009 — 10:16 AM

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced details of a new device that may interest those recycling mobile phones for a full qwerty-enabled upgrade.

The company has advised the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone, which follows its 9000 predecessor, will combine the latest multimedia and communications technology in a compact package.

In addition, it said the design of the handset will be appealing to both sexes and is an ideal purchase for either personal or professional use.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has 3G HSDPA support, a 624 MHz internal processor, 256 MB of internal Flash memory, a 3.2-megapixel camera and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer of RIM said the handset builds on its predecessors strongest points "with new, state-of-the-art features and a smaller, lighter and highly optimised design".

The phone also offers a 2.44-inch 480 x 360 resolution display, integrated media player, 3.5 mm headphone jack and microSD card support for up to 32 GB.

Earlier this month, the firm unveiled the BlackBerry Storm2 touchscreen device.

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