As the rumours dictated, RIM has announced the launch of a couple of touchscreen Bold smartphones - the 9900 and 9930. So, if you've been impatiently waiting for the next Bold in the BlackBerry line-up, you can stop biting those fingernails.
Unlike, previous Bold smartphones, the 9900 and 9930 offer a dual user experience, thanks to a finger-friendly touchscreen. So, like the Torch, the 9900 and 9930 will appease the QWERTY-loving faithful, while delivering full touchscreen action to compliment the new blackBerry 7 OS, also announced today.
Unlike the disappointing power of the Torch, both smartphones come with a more powerful 1.2GHz processor; and with a 10.5mm outer shell, they're RIM's thinnest and most powerful Blackberry smartphones to date.
Both phones pack 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreens, with VGA resolutions (640 x 480) and 8GB of on-board storage for your entertainment needs. There's also the option to expand to up to 32GB via microSD card. On top of that, there's built-in NFC connectivity - a first for BlackBerry smartphones - as well as a 5-megapixel camera with flash and HD 720p video recording capabilities.
The BlackBerry 7 OS promises to build on the success of 6 by delivering an improved user experience, web browsing, provide voice-activated universal search and HTML5 support.
Both handsets are expected to be available in the summer, with price information currently unknown. We're here at the BlackBerry world convention in Florida, taking in all the action, so keep your eyes peeled for hand-on pics soon.
Like the Passport, but plastic-ier