Research In Motion and Vodacom have launched the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone in South Africa.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet at only 10,5mm, and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair with NFC-enabled accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

Vodacom’s managing executive: sales, Zunaid Dinath, says: “We are excited to bring the first BlackBerry 7-based smartphone to our customers in South Africa in the form of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which will provide our customers a rich and integrated communications experience.”

BlackBerry 7, the operating system for the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. Combining the improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with the powerful hardware enhancements in the BlackBerry Bold 9900 delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones.

Additional enhancements to this next generation BlackBerry browser have also optimised zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimised HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 also features Liquid Graphics technology, combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.