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RIM makes Bold move with OS 7

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Research in Motion has unveiled two additions to its range of Blackberry Bold smartphones, the 9900 and 9930.

Both handsets run the new BlackBerry 7 OS, which provides support for 4G networks, HSPA+ connectivity, faster JavaScript, HTML 5 and voice-activated searches.

Blackberry Bold 9900

Spec-wise, the latest BlackBerrys pack a 1.2GHz processor, a 5Mp camera and 8GB of on-board storage. Then there's a 2.8in, 480 x 640 "Liquid Graphics" touchscreen display featuring a 287 pixels per inch (ppi) pixel density. The iPhone 4's "retina display" is 326ppi, in case you ask.

Both handsets can connect to 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. They also have Bluetooth 2.1.

As well as support for near-field communications (NFC) technology, there's a built-in compass, which can be used for location-based functions and augmented reality apps such as Wikitude, an AR service preinstalled on each device.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 - the HSPa+ 3G version - and 9930 - the CDMA EvDo model - are expected this summer. Prices have yet to be announced. ®

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