Details Of The RIM Blackberry Bold R020 Handset Appear Online

Somehow, slides showing RIM's forthcoming smartphone, the Blackberry Bold R020, have been leaked online showing a rather conservative, if unimpressive, handset.

Three images published by BGR show that the phone is likely to be released in October 2010 and will have Blackberry OS 6.0 on it.

The rest of the specification list is pretty mundane; a 624MHz ARM processor, 512MB RAM, up to 32GB microSD card, a 2.4-inch HVGA+ display, a 1500mAh battery, Bluetooth suport, a 5-megapixel camera with flash and what appears to be a slightly rejigged keyboard layout with the usual trackpad and dedicated keys for volume and the camera.

There's also GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi plus a choice of White or Charcoal colour. The phone, which resembles more Nokia's E71 than the Blackberry Curve, is said to be available soon in the US courtesy of AT&T and T-Mobile.

Some commentators have noted that there's not much to differentiate between the various Blackberry handsets released in the past few years.

The Storm and the Torch are the two most innovative models from RIM but the rest of the range has stayed more or less than same with only a few changes under the bonnet.