BlackBerry Bold 9900
RIM announced BlackBerry Bold 9900 May 2011

The Blackberry Bold 9900 is also known as the BlackBerry Dakota, the BlackBerry Magnum and the BlackBerry Bold Touch. It was introduced much before Samsung announced the next Galaxy smartphone and was released in August. The BlackBerry Bold 9900, as Research in Motion (RiM) asserts, is the thinnest and most powerful Blackberry smartphone yet, featuring both a keyboard and a touchscreen. The device supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Samsung is all set for the market release of its successor to the Galaxy S2. UK retailers - Vodafone, Phoens4u, Three, Orange and O2 - have already announced deals for UK consumers. Equipped with a number of interesting technologies - S Voice (a voice-activated personal assistant), Direct Call, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Beam - the smartphone will run on Android's Ice Cream Sandwich.

Check out how the two stack up

Display: Samsung's Galaxy S3 features a 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. The BlackBerry Bold 9900, on the other hand, features a 2.8in TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480x640 pixels and an Optical trackpad on the front of the device.

Dimension: The Galaxy S3 measures 136.6x70.6x8.6mm and weighs 133g whereas the Bold measures 115x66x10.5mm and weighs 130g.

Operating system: The Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the Bold runs on BlackBerry's native OS v7.1.

Processor: The Galaxy S3 will be powered by the company's 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor and houses 1GB of RAM. The BlackBerry Bold is powered by a 1.2GHz QC 8655 processor and packs 768MB of RAM.

Camera: The Galaxy S3 will sport a primary camera of eight megapixels, with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera has a technology called Zero-Lag Shutter Speed that allows users to capture moving objects. The smartphone also features a 1.9 megapixel camera which can record HD video at 30 frames per second. The BlackBerry Bold sports a five megapixel camera which captures HD video in 720p. The camera features 4X digital zoom, LED flash, face detection, image stabilisation, geo-tagging, multiple scene modes and like the Galaxy S3, Zero Shutter Lag. However, it lacks auto-focus. The device does not have a secondary camera.

Connectivity: The Galaxy S3 offers Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40 and Bluetooth version 4.0, as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). The BlackBerry Bold offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and NFC. The smartphone supports data speed up to HSDPA 14.4Mbps and HSUPA 5.7Mbps.

Storage: The Galaxy S3 offers storage options for 16GB and 32GB with Samsung promising the 64GB version will be available soon. The BlackBerry Bold offers storage space up to 32GB. Both devices support microSD cards.

Battery: The Galaxy S3 will be powered by a 2,100mAh battery. The BlackBerry Bold is powered by 1,230mAh lithium-ion battery.