updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu October 15, 2009
Bold 9700 appears early
Inadvertently tipping off RIM's plans, T-Mobile Germany today put up a listing for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Also known as the Bold 2, the phone matches earlier descriptions and has the optical trackpad, taller 480x360 screen and improved 3.2-megapixel camera seen in prototypes. T-Mobile's version also appears to bundle a 2GB microSD card.
The handset doesn't have any pricing, but its appearance backs rumors the Bold sequel will be made public as early as next week. In the US, it's due to show both in AT&T and T-Mobile versions with localized 3G for each but may not ship until mid-November.