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We’ve been manhandling the BlackBerry Bold 9700 all morning. Check out its cutesy new curves and reassuring heft in our first hands-on photos.

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The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 isn’t a reinvention of the original BlackBerry Bold, after all, BlackBerry’s continuing to sell the original Bold 9000, but rather a refinement of its key features.

It’s still as solid as the original, but BlackBerry’s trimmed some of its bulk. The metal casing has been replaced by plastic, and a few millimetres have been shaved from its shell.

Around the back, RIM has trimmed back the leather-look coating to cover just the battery panel. It still feels great in the hand, but not quite so beefy.

Want more pictures? See all the BlackBerry Bold 9700′s official photos!

Inside, however, this is a more powerful BlackBerry all round. It’s zippy. RIM has packed it with 256MB of ROM and RAM, as well as the latest BlackBerry OS 5.0. That’s the same as the BlackBerry Storm 2, and delivers an increase of up to 50% while browsing the web.

Surfing is also made easier with the BlackBerry Bold 9700’s new trackpad. It makes for speedy scrolling and accurate clicking, letting you move an on-screen cursor and click with a simple press.

Check out our hands-on photos, and see the BlackBerry Bold 9700 up close!

Out November | £TBC | BlackBerry

  • Anadi

    It appears that design instinct of RIM has lost somewhere that they are launching now Bolt 9700. This is almost similiar in looks. Hey Guys do something different and donot present old stuff.

    • http://www.electricpig.co.uk Ben Sillis

      My guess is that they’ve now reached the apex of this form factor. It’s an incredible piece of industrial design and I’m not sure RIM can push it any further. I think (hope) it’ll focus on getting a bigger, capacitive touchscreen in there a la the Palm Pixi.

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