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Blackberry-bold-9700-400RIM unveiled the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 this morning. It’s smaller, faster and sleeker than any BlackBerry before it. Read on for all the details!

We loved the original BlackBerry Bold for its chunky styling and metallic sturdiness, and now RIM’s updated it with the follow-up: the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

It’s lost a lot of its predecessors chunkiness, now measuring 2.36 inches wide, but it still feels just as solid. RIM has removed the thick metal surround and replaced it with slicker chrome accents and glossy black plastic.

BlackBerry Bold 9700: All the official photos!

Inside is the same core software as the new BlackBerry Storm 2, and it’s fast too. RIM reckons you’ll see an increase of 30-50% when browsing the web, and despite using the same size battery as the original Bold, the new Bold 9700 will keep kicking for around three days in normal use. In standby alone, it’ll work for 19 days between charges.

That’s despite using push e-mail, and apps with BlackBerry-powered push notifications.

There’s a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi inside, as well as 3G HSDPA connections. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, as you’d expect, but the efficiency improvements of the new Bold mean it’ll keep playing music for 38 hours straight this time around.

Up front there’s the same comfy keyboard as the original BlackBerry Bold, but the trackball has been replaced by a touch-sensitive trackpad. RIM says it’s more reliable, and it’s definitely easier to use, especially while browsing the web.

If you’re a fan of the original’s chunkier design, however, there’s no need to panic buy one now. RIM’s continuing to sell the original BlackBerry Bold, and is also rolling out a white version.

Out November | £TBC | BlackBerry

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