BlackBerry Bold Gets Bolder With New 9700 Model


The 9700 features support for 3G HSDPA networks, a 624MHz processor, 256 MB of Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-FI, and a 3.2-megapixel camera, according to RIM. At least initially, it's only available on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

"The BlackBerry Bold 9700 builds on the success of the original BlackBerry Bold with new, state-of-the-art features and a smaller, lighter and highly optimized design that looks, feels and performs great," said Mike Lazaridis, RIM's president and co-CEO, in a statement.

The Bold 9700, a high-end model aimed at business users, measures 4.29 x 2.36 x 0.56 inches and weighs 4.3 ounces. By comparison, the Bold 9000 measured 4.48 x 2.6 x 0.59 inches and weighed 4.8 ounces.

The new phone also features a 2.44-inch display and 480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi, according to RIM, which is looking to fend off Apple's iPhone among business users.

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The company did not release pricing on the Bold 9700, but it's likely to cost more than the Bold 9000, which is selling through AT&T for $199 after $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.

Last week, RIM unveiled a new version of its BlackBerry Storm smartphone, more aimed at the consumer market.