Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BlackBerry Curve 9380, two new BlackBerry smartphones that run the BlackBerry 7 operating system.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone comes with both a 2.45in touchscreen and an optical trackpad, and features a "narrow design that is easy to carry and exceptionally comfortable to hold", says RIM. Powered by a 1 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 also includes 8GB of storage, which can be expanded by a micro SD memory card up to 32GB in capacity and measures 110x60x11mm. Users will also benefit from a 5Mp camera with 2x zoom.

Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first in the Curve range to feature a 3.2in touchscreen display. Measuring 109x60x11mm, the handset comes with 512MB on onboard memory that can be expanded with a microSD card up to 32GB in size, as well as preinstalled social networking apps and a 5Mp camera with flash and 4x zoom.

RIM claims BlackBerry OS 7 offers 40 percent faster web browsing compared to BlackBerry OS 6 smartphones thanks to the advanced WebKit browser engine coupled with improvements to the handsets. Furthermore, the mobile platform also comes with optimised zooming and panning, improved HTML5 performance and Liquid Graphics technology, which works in conjunction with the handset's dedicated graphics processor, CPU and display to deliver "a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics".

Furthermore, the mobile OS offers built-in support for Augmented Reality and Near Field Communications technology, which among other things, can ensure the handset can be used to purchase goods and services by simply tapping a special pad.

"We are very excited to expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380," said Carlo Chiarello, Senior Vice President, Handheld Product Management at Research In Motion.

"BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined mobile communications experience that people love and we think many customers will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and compact designs available with these new BlackBerry 7 based models."

RIM said the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphones will be made available by various carriers around the world over the coming weeks. Although, the firm has yet to release specific UK pricing and carrier details.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380