The rumours and unofficially released images of the code named ‘Electron’ BlackBerry have ended today with the official release of the BlackBerry 8700 from RIM.

The device, currently only available on USA based carrier Cingular, is a standard full QWERTY design with enhanced screen, Bluetooth, speaker phone and 64MB of on board memory. It is also something of a revolution in BlackBerry terms as the 8700 is the first of RIM’s handhelds to sport an Intel based processor. MP3 ringtone support will please those looking for some of the more standard mobile phone extras, while the Quad-band network facility will keep those all important international travelling BlackBerry users in touch with the office wherever they go.

While no dates have been released as yet, a European launch is expected to follow soon.