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Press Release

New 3G Smartphone Delivers High-End Features and Performance With a Compact and Highly Refined Design

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the sleek and powerful BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphone.
The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers an extensive array of high-end
communications and multimedia features in a compact and highly refined
design that will appeal to both men and women and for both professional
and personal use.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone offers top-of-the-line
performance, functionality and features with support for 3G HSDPA
networks around the world, a next-generation (624 MHz) processor, 256
MB Flash memory, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®, a 3.2MP camera and a sharp,
dazzling display. Cutting edge engineering and premium finishes extend
to the exterior of the handset as well, with a smoothly integrated
touch-sensitive trackpad and a highly tactile, distinctive, fretted
keyboard. The dark chrome frame and leatherette back add to the new
smartphone’s sleek and elegant look, while the narrow profile, balanced
weight and soft-touch sides allow it to feel incredibly comfortable in
one hand.

“The BlackBerry Bold 9700 builds on the success of the original
BlackBerry Bold with new, state-of-the-art features and a smaller,
lighter and highly optimized design that looks, feels and performs
great,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion.

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Key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone include:

  • Sleek design measuring 4.29″ x 2.36″ x 0.56″ (109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm) and weighing only 4.3 oz (122 grams)
  • Sharp and dazzling 2.44” light-sensing display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi)
  • Highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard – with finely sculpted keys and chrome frets – for fast, accurate typing
  • Innovative touch-sensitive trackpad that allows intuitive and responsive navigation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Wi-Fi calling via UMA where available
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • BlackBerry®
    OS 5.0, offering users email management and calendar enhancements* as
    well as a better browsing experience with faster JavaScript and CSS
    processing
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging
  • Media
    player for videos, pictures and music (music play now extended up to 38
    hours), plus support for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and
    Macs, and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes® and Windows
    Media® Player music with the smartphone**
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, dedicated volume controls, Lock and Mute keys seamlessly integrated across the top of the handset
  • microSD/SDHD
    memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected
    to support 32 GB cards when available; a 2GB card is included
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • Access
    to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of
    mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, IM and social networking, news, weather, productivity and more.
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology and high quality speakerphone
  • Bluetooth®
    (2.1) with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets,
    stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Support for BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
  • Available in two versions to support various carrier 3G network frequency combinations:
    • UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
    • UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1700/900 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Removable,
    rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of
    talk time and 17 days of standby time in 3G mode

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone is expected to be available from
carriers around the world beginning in November. For more information
visit www.blackberry.com/bold9700.
* Some features require BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and
marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile
communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware,
software and services that support multiple wireless network standards,
RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to
time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging,
Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a
broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance
their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s
portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies
are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the
BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line,
software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware
licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario,
RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is
listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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