RIM Unveils Blackberry Bold 9790 Smartphone

RIM has released an update to its popular Blackberry Bold line called the 9790 which supersedes the 9780. The phone - which Blackberry calls the ultimate productivity tool for both professional and personal use - is a relatively minor update.

Like its predecessor, it comes with a 2.45-inch 480x360 pixel capacitive screen and with the classic QWERTY keyboard and a curvier design. It houses a 1GHz Marvell Tavor MG1 processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. There's a five megapixel camera at the back, VGA recording capabilities, AF, flash and the whole thing is powered by the new Blackberry OS 7.

Other features include: an optical touchpad, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB, NFC, GPS, a battery life of up to five hours on 2G or 3G, Blackberry Balance technology voice-activated universal search, as well as Documents to Go for mobile collaboration. At 11.4mm thick and 107g, it is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the 9780.

The phone is expected to cost around £350 at launch - a lot cheaper than its bigger brother the Bold 9900 - with availability expected before the end of the year.