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New Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry ever

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Research In Motion has unveiled its latest BlackBerry smartphone– the Bold 9900 – which combines a touchscreen and the renowned BlackBerry keyboard.

Introduced at the annual BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, the new device will also be powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.

The Bold 9900 – at just 10.5mm – is also the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever produced.   

It has a stainless steel frame and a glass rear plate along with an all-new optimised design.

The Bold 9900 is expected to be available early in the second half of 2011.

Performance will be a priority thanks to the 1.2Ghz processor and the Liquid Graphics 2.8-inch touchscreen offers responsive navigation.

Pictures, web sites and videos will also look stunning thanks to the 287 dpi (dots per inch) resolution display.

The 9900 will be the first BlackBerry device to offer NFC (near field communications) which will be enable the user to read information from smart tags as well as make in-store payments from a connected account using the smartphone.

The Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry ever

On board is also a compass, accelerometer and support for location-based services along with augmented reality which can overlay additional digital contextual information on top of the image displayed through the BlackBerry’s 5 megapixel camera.

Speaking of the camera, it can also capture 720p high definition video.

The BlackBerry 7 operating system improves the user experience with ease-of-use and speed and also enables voice controlled functionality of the device.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be running the new BlackBerry 7 operating systemAlso announced at the conference was a dedicated Facebook app for the BlackBerry Playbook that will optimise the social network for users of the tablet device.

Also revealed was a video chat application to enable calls between PlayBook users connected to a wi-fi network.

Because the BlackBerry is now used as much outside the office as it is inside, Research In Motion has also introduced BlackBerry Balance which, as its name suggests, can make it easier for users to separate business and personal content.

This will help keep users maintain a flexible use of the device while still keeping a secure connection to their company networks.

BlackBerry Balance will also allow administrators to remotely wipe the business information from the device while leaving personal information intact.

And if the device is lost or stolen BlackBerry Balance can also be used to wipe it completely.