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BlackBerry Bold 9700
2009 also saw the advent of the first European-designed BlackBerry, the Bold 9700. According to RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, the one common request of users of the original Bold was to make it a little smaller. "It was a little too bold for some," the co-CEO joked.
The Bold 9700 was smaller and lighter than the original and featured a higher resolution display and a camera with more pixels — up from two to 3.2 megapixels.
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BlackBerry Pearl 3G
2010 saw RIM thinking small, with the introduction of the tiniest BlackBerry and the first of the Pearl range to have 3G connectivity.
The device, known as the Pearl 9100, was aimed at those new to the smartphone market and carried an optical trackpad for navigation as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera.
RIM's first slider device, the BlackBerry Torch, arrived in 2010, sporting a capacitive touchscreen — which supported pinch-to-zoom — and a hard Qwerty keyboard.
The Torch was also notable for being the first to run the latest OS, BlackBerry 6, which featured a refreshed UI and a WebKit browser.