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RIM announces BlackBerry Tour

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Research in Motion (RIM) has launched the latest update to its BlackBerry collection, unveiling a smartphone called, simply, Tour.

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RIM's BlackBerry Tour: Curveball?

Despite looking like an exact replica of the existing BlackBerry Curve – and sporting almost identical measurements – Tour’s main draw is its 3G connectivity, at least according to RIM.

It’s worth noting that Tour – also known as the 9630 - supports CDMA networks in North America, and UMTS/HSPA networks all over the place.

Tour’s equipped with a 3.2Mp camera, which works alongside a flash, image stabilisation and variable zoom. Video capture’s also possible. For displaying content, the Tour has a 2.4in, 480 x 360 display.

Integrated GPS hook-up into BlackBerry Maps, while the technology will also help geo-tag the locations of your Tour-snapped photos.

All content is recorded onto Micro SD memory cards of up to 16GB – but one isn’t bundled with the phone. Bluetooth 2.0 provides an alternative method of moving data off of your Tour, RIM added.

Business-grade applications are supported, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, are supported by Tour. But if you want to let your hair down then plug your cans into the 3.5mm headphone jack and entertain yourself with music sync'ed from iTunes or video content from Windows Media Player.

The BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be available in North America this summer, but plans for a UK rollout haven’t been announced. ®

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