Research in Motion announces BlackBerry Bold

BlackBerry Bold

Research In Motion (RIM) formally announced the BlackBerry Bold (also known as the BlackBerry 9000) today at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES).

Crafted from premium materials, inside and out, that radiate elegance with a dramatic presence, the BlackBerry Bold is designed to give business professionals and power users unprecedented functionality and performance in an intuitive BlackBerry smartphone.

The BlackBerry Bold is the first BlackBerry to come with HSDPA connectivity as well as integrated GPS and Wi-Fi.

The BlackBerry Bold is powered by a 624MHz Intel processor and comes with a half-VGA (480×320) display, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900)and tri-band HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100) connectivity, 128MB Flash memory and an additional 1GB on-board memory, integrated GPS, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with full A2DP support, a 2MP camera, dual speakers, and a microSDHC expansion slot.

On the software side, the BlackBerry Bold features an improved Web browser, the BlackBerry Desktop Manager with Roxio PhotoSuite 9 LE and the new BlackBerry Media Sync application which lets user sync their BlackBerry with their iTunes music collection.

The latest BlackBerry features a curvier casing in black with silver trim. It will come with replaceable leather-like backplates available in a number of colours including blue and red. The QWERTY keyboard has also been redesigned.

The BlackBerry Bold is expected to be available this summer. Pricing was not revealed but is expected to fall in the USD$300 to USD$500 range. AT&T is widely expected to be the first carrier to launch the BlackBerry Bold.

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