RIM kicked off its BlackBerry World event in Orlando, Florida by launching the not-so-secret BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 models, also dubbed "Bold Touch."
While the devices don't noticeably stray from RIM's design choices from the past decade -- they're instantly recognizable as QWERTY keyboard BlackBerrys -- the 9900 and 9300 pack some impressive guts. While the 2.8-inch VGA touchscreens won't impress many in today's world of 4-inch screens, but the devices are RIM's thinnest yet at 10.5mm.
A quick note: the devices are differentiated primarily by the cellular networks that they support. The 9900 will run 4G via HSPA+ connectivity, while the 9930 is RIM's world version with dual-band CDMA and quad-band GSM. Both devices get a blazing fast 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, a five megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video, NFC (near-field communication) capability, 8 gigabytes of onboard storage and the usual mix of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
When launched this summer, both will be running the brand new BlackBerry OS 7, which promises a faster browser and improved user experiences.