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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.