As expected, RIM has announced the much-anticipated BlackBerry Bold Touch, its first ever full QWERTY touchscreen smartphone running the all-new BlackBerry OS 7 interface.
The Bold Touch, available in 9900 (HSPA+) and 9930 (CDMA and GSM 'world phone') model number variants, was officially unveiled at the mobile manufacturer's BlackBerry World event in Florida, and is all set to go on sale over the summer.
The Bold Touch is officially RIM's thinnest ever smartphone, at just 10.5mm thick, and comes packing a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and a 2.8in touchscreen featuring a 287ppi pixel density.
It has the same 480 x 640 resolution as its touchscreen QWERTY rival from Nokia, the E6, although the latter's screen is just 2.46in across.
Like the E6 it comes with 8GB of storage on board, and comes with NFC capability built in, though it remains to be seen what services will be available to take advantage.
The camera is a 5-megapixel number, while the Bold Touch also has the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 goodness baked right in.
When it does land over the summer it'll have the latest release of RIM's BlackBerry operating system on board, BlackBerry OS 7, which features a faster browser and voice-activated search.
RIM also announced a video-chat app for the PlayBook tablet, which will no doubt quell at least some of the voices criticising the newly launched tablet for being unfinished.