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Research in Motion (RIM) has lifted the lid on new Bold and Curve-branded smartphones powered by the BB7 operating system.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first Curve handset to rock a touchscreen. In this case, a high-res 3.2-inch number, which is teamed with the none-more-RIM optical trackpad.

It’s also home to five megapixel camera with flash and video recording, plus all the usual BlackBerry and third-party social-networking focussed apps and services pre-installed.

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In keeping with the Bold line’s status as RIM’s flagship brand, the Bold 9790 is a higher spec bit of kit all round, with the emphasis on build quality.

Its feature set that takes in a touch display of oddly unspecified dimensions, a “tactile keyboard” and trackpad combo, 1GHz processor, 8GB of on board storage and microSD card support to boost memory by up to 32GB.

As with all phones rocking BB7, both handsets feature Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to allow users to pay for low-ticket items by swiping their phone over a reader.

BB7 also offers 40 per cent faster browsing than devices powered by RIM’s previous OS, plus deeper Facebook integration and a revamped take on the insurrection-tacular BBM.

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