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BlackBerry Bold 9000
By May 2008, RIM was ready to introduce a new family to the world: the Bold, starting with the BlackBerry Bold 9000.
Although perhaps not as successful as later models of the series, the original Bold 9000 was the first to support the higher HSDPA data speeds offered by network operators.
It also had beefier specs than other devices RIM was offering, with 1GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion slot), 128MB RAM, and a 2.6-inch 65K (480 x 320 pixels) colour display. It also included Wi-Fi and a 2-megapixel camera.
It also had the trademark BlackBerry keyboard, beloved by fans.
However, while it had the specs, investor sentiment was unsettled — RIM's share price suffered a small decline from $139 in May to around $122 at the end of August 2008, as the impact of Apple's disturbance of the smartphone market began to take effect and the desire for new touchscreen form factors took hold.
By the end of December, RIM's inability to react quickly to the threat had cost it dearly, with the share price languishing around the $40 mark.