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BlackBerry Bold 9790 vs Sony Xperia S

Research in Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, has had a bit of a tough time over the past 12 months.

Once the businessman’s essential piece of kit, the BlackBerry struggled in 2011. The likes of the iPhone and the various Android incarnations have taken some valuable sales from the Canadian smartphone giant.

But with a new year comes a fresh start, and Research in Motion (RIM) is gearing up to do battle with the big boys once again.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790, the latest handset in the still-popular Bold series, is out now. This is a little earlier than we had been expecting, with most reports saying the release date would be 20th January.

It is only available as a SIM-free device at the moment, and should be available on contract before the end of the month.

But will the Bold 9790 be enough to take on the likes of Android? One of the next big Android smartphones to be released is the Sony Xperia S, so how do the two shape up?

Sony Xperia S

The first handset by to be released by a post-Ericsson Sony, the Xperia S is pulling out all the stops to make an impression on the smartphone market.

With a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, this one is going to be quick. And with a 4.3 inch LED backlit high-res display, it’s going to look good too.

But a key feature missing on the Xperia S will be the latest Android OS. Sony says that an update to ICS will be available at some point, but why not put it on there in the first place?

BlackBerry Bold 9790

This will undoubtedly be one of the best BlackBerrys in a long time, but enough to match to the Xperia S? We’re not sure.

Powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, it is a little slower than the Xperia S, but it does deliver 8GB of memory. And it is a very good looking phone, with a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.

It will also be running BlackBerry’s latest operating system – BlackBerry OS 7.0. This promises to be a step up for the much-criticised OS, and will probably be better than the Android Gingerbread on the Xperia S.