RIM Blackberry Bold 9790 to Launch on 9th January?

UK retailer, Mobilefun, has put the newly released RIM Blackberry Bold 9790 on preorder for £400, with the expected release date on January 9th. The smartphone was released on the 15th of November (Rob Kerr previewed it here with some very nice pictures) and combines the signature portrait RIM Blackberry QWERTY keyboard with a touchscreen display.

The Bold 9790 comes with a single core Marvell Tavor MG1 chipset clocked at 1GHz, 768MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot which can push the storage capacity to 40GB.

It has a 2.45-inch touchscreen with a 480x360 pixel resolution, the onboard camera is a five megapixel model with VGA video recording, AF and flash, and it also comes with the new Blackberry OS 7.

Other noteworthy features include an optical touchpad, GPS, Wi-Fi, microUSB port, NFC capabilities, up to five hours talktime and universal voice activated search courtesy of Blackberry Balance; it is also available from Expansys for £350.

The other handset that was released at the same time as the 9790, the 9380, can be had for £320. The handset it is replacing, the Blackberry Bold 9780, has dropped in price to £283.20.