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Today we were talking about how the Intercept was starting to make its way into bits and pieces of Sprint’s system, but now, the announcement’s here and it’s the real deal. Most notably, the Android-powered landscape QWERTY slider will go to market for under $100 (by a penny, anyway) on contract after rebate, making it a value-oriented alternative for the monsters like theEVO 4G and Epic 4G that Sprint is pushing on the high end. Of course, if you pay a midrange price, you’re going to get midrange features; the 3.2 megapixel cam with video capture, isn’t going to blow anyone away, and amazingly, Sammy has gone with an EV-DO Rev. 0 radio (as opposed to Rev. A) which means you’ll be limping along with slower data speeds than you’d expect from your average modern CDMA smartphone. Look for it to hit Sprint’s site and stores starting this Sunday, July 11.

The verdict is still out on OS 6, but there’s hardly any doubting the assured design and form factor that RIM has gone with for the BlackBerry Bold 9800 slider. Our latest look at the device comes courtesy ofBlackBerry Times in China, who has what appears to be an early version of the device. They expect the smooth plastic back to be replaced by the leather look RIM favors on its higher end devices, but otherwise the unit looks to be pretty solid and far along. The Google-translated Chinese seems to confirm again that the screen is not SurePress. Not a lot of landmark news to be gleaned here, but we’re mostly stoked about these delicious bokeh-filled shots of device — it’s really looking good, and the comparison shot with other recent BlackBerries (check after the break) is rather helpful for sizing this thing up.