Following the unveiling of its latest BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch smartphones earlier this week, RIM’s U.K. chief revealed that the company is working on a budget device that will make the BlackBerry 7 OS available to fans of its entry-level Curve smartphone. No details were given on its availability or its technical specs, but we do know what it will look like, courtesy of some leaked images published by OneMobileRing.
The device is called the BlackBerry Curve 9360, or the BlackBerry Curve Apollo. While its specifications are yet to be confirmed, it seems the device will feature a HVGA 480×360 display, the trademark BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and NFC capabilities; all powered by a Tavor MG-1 800 MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM.
With regards to connectivity, the Apollo is expected to boast Bluetooth, GPS, b/g/n Wi-Fi; and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE or tri-band UMTS/HSPA at 7.2Mbps.
For those looking to access the BlackBerry OS on a budget, the Apollo is certainly a device I would be getting excited about right now. In comparison with the current Curve, the Apollo beats its 624MHz processor and has double the RAM. The 5-megapixel camera is an improvement over the current device’s 2-megapixel lens, and it’s the first Curve to boast NFC capabilities.
There’s no surprises when it comes to looks, however — the Apollo looks very similar from the front to a number of its predecessors, however, it does seem to be a little thinner.
Does RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Curve Apollo appeal to you?