The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 will be landing in the UK in time for the fourth quarter rush, a UK carrier has confirmed, marking the first handset release this year from messaging mobile maker Research in Motion.
Three is listing a due date of September for the handset, which teams a 2.8-inch VGA resolution touchscreen with RIM’s hallmarks of a physical QWERTY keyboard and messaging smarts.
The smartphone, previously codenamed the Dakota, also boasts a five megapixel snapper with autofocus and LED flash, 8GB of on board storage space and a microSD card slot to allow you to boost its capacity by up to 32GB.
Like all BlackBerrys, the Bold Touch offers enterprise-class email with RIM’s highly rated security, plus BlackBerry Messenger for instant messaging on the go and the BlackBerry Maps mapping app.
And, in keeping with most top end smarties landing this year, it’ll also have NFC support to allow you to pay for low-ticket items by swiping the phone over a reader – a la Oyster cards on the London Tube network.
Pricing for the Bold Touch has yet to be revealed. But if the original Bold is anything to go by, you can expect to pick it up for free from around £30 on monthly contract deals.