Things continue to heat up on the smartphone front with RIM debagging its new BlackBerry Bold 9700 handset.
Running the BlackBerry OS 5.0 operating system, this sleek, black and dark chrome number hosts a 624MHz CPU, backed by 256MB flash memory with support for microSD cards up to 32GB.
Offered in quad-band UMTS/HSDPA (800/850/1900/2100 MHz) or tri-band UMTS/HSDPA (900/1700/2100 MHz) configurations, the GSM/GPRS/EDGE handset packs in just about everything Crackberry fans could dream of, with 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/AVCRP.
Dominating the front of the Bold is Blackberry’s generous QWERTY keyboard and 2.44″ HVGA+ display (480×360 pixels), with an optical trackpad letting you spin around the screen at speed (you’ll be using that a lot too, seeing as there’s not a touchscreen).
Around the back, there’s a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, with the 1500 mAh battery promising 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby (3G).
There’s no news on pricing, but the BlackBerry 9700 is set to go on sale “around the world beginning in November.”