After months of waiting, RIM finally announced it’s new range of Bold handsets last week. The first to hit the UK is the Bold 9900, which has been confirmed to arrive on Vodafone and Three so far.

The Bold 9900 finally arrived at Recombu towers this morning, so before we you our full review, here’s a quick look at what you get out of the box.

The Bold 9900 is the first smartphone running Blackberry OS 7, the latest version of RIM’s operating system. It may also be the last Bold running this, following news that the company will be launching its first QNX earlier this year - check out the first picture here.

Pick it up and it’s clear this is the best-looking Bold to date. It’s just 10.5 mm deep, making it very slim and the combination of brushed stainless steel trim and black looks premium and feels lovely to hold.

The Bold 9900 is powered by a 1Ghz processor, with 768MB RAM, it’s the fastest Bold we’ve seen and from our hands-on time, it certaingly feels very quick.

One of the most notable features of OS 7 is Liquid Graphics, designed to ensure the touchscreen is responsive and the graphics are smooth, certainly it seems very fluid to use, with very bright colours appear bright and detail on the 2.8-inch screen

We’ll bring you a full review as soon as possible, but check out our hands-on pictures below.

Blackberry Bold 9900 box

Well, it's a standard Blackberry box

Blackberry Bold 9900 in box

The Bold 9900 in its box

Blackberry Bold 9900 accessories

Accessories supplied include: case, USB, headphones, a cleaning cloth, plug adaptor and various software

Blackberry Bold 9900 back

The back of the Bold has a holographic type of patten, but quickly becomes laden with fingerprints

Blackberry Bold 9900 battery

Remove the battery to insert the sim card, you can slot a microSD card into the top

Blackberry Bold 9900 launching

Once you put in the Sim card, you are confronted by the Blackberry launcher, which takes a few seconds to load

Blackberry Bold 9900 volume

On the side are aluminium volume controls and a dedicated shutter which launches the camera

Blackberry Bold 9900 end

The full QWERTY has individual sculpted keys, which are a good size for typing

Blackberry Bold 9900 top

Hold down the top button to lock the handset

Blackberry Bold 9900 connections

The micro USB port and 3.5mm jack are adjacent to each other. Plug it in to a computer to choose between USB Drive, Sync Drive and Charge options

Blackberry Bold 9900 main

In terms of layout, the interface is very similar to Blackberry OS 7, although icons seem sharper

Blackberry Bold 9900 browser

The optical trackpad remains the same and can be used to navigate the browser, alternatively the touchscreen responds really quickly