RIM Rolls Out BlackBerry Bold 9780

Research In Motion today unveiled the BlackBerry Bold 9780, a new smartphone that includes the company's revamped BlackBerry 6 mobile operating system and will initially be available on a number of different wireless carriers including T-Mobile in November.

Company officials said the 3G smartphone includes a 624-MHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with image stabilization, a 2.4-inch, 400-by-360 display, 512 MB of flash memory (which can be expanded to 32 GB) and includes built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

It also has HSDPA support for high-speed mobile broadband, the company's trademark QWERTY keypad for mail and messaging and some new tools that help organize and track correspondence on social networking site and RSS feeds.

"The new model builds on the highly refined experience that BlackBerry Bold users already know and love and delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich news user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature and a high-quality 5 megapixel camera," Carlo Chiarello, RIM's vice president of product management, said in a statement.

T-Mobile on Wednesday said it will offer the phone starting Nov. 17 for $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.

Earlier this month, RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) and Sprint unveiled the BlackBerry Style 9670, a new flip-style smartphone with almost identical features to the updated Bold announced this week.

RIM, Apple and Nokia are all pushing out new smartphones and beefing up their developer community and retail sites to ward off increasing pressure from Android devices in both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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