Research in Motion (RIM) has officially unveiled the BlackBerry Bold 9700, as the email focussed mobiles specialist gears up for an assault on the Christmas market.
The follow up to last year’s Bold 9000 is smaller than its predecessor and replaces that phone’s trackball with a touchpad.
Other features of the Bold 9700 include a powerful 624MHz processor to allow users to multi-task more efficiently, a 2.44-inch display and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash.
RIM has also provided 256MB of flash memory, with scope to boost this by up to 32GB by adding a microSD card. A 2GB card will be supplied with each purchase.
According to the manufacturer, the phone will go on sale “around the world beginning in November”.
This month, meanwhile, is expected to see the long-awaited launch of the BlackBerry Storm 2 on Vodafone.
As well as offering the push email functionality for which BlackBerry mobile phones are famed, the Storm 2 also boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and image stabilisation technology and HSDPA support for fast downloads.