Following the release of its latest BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch handsets earlier this month, RIM has unveiled its latest BlackBerry Curve — the ‘budget’ device that the company promised was on its way. Just like its latest BlackBerry counterparts, the new Curve will sport BlackBerry 7 OS, in addition to near-field communications (NFC) technology.
There are three new Curves in total: the 9350, the 9360 and the 9370. All three devices are identical on the outside, but internally there are some subtle differences. They all pack the same 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, but their wireless radios and storage capabilities are slightly different.
The Curve 9350 supports CDMA networks only and has 512MB of on-board storage; the 9360 supports GSM networks only and also has 512MB of on-board; and the 9370 supports both CDMA/EVDO and has Quad-Band EDGE capabilities with 1GB of on-board storage. All three devices have expandable storage up to 32GB with a microSD card. Here’s the full list of specifications:
BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 Specs
- 800MHz processor
- 512MB of RAM
- BlackBerry OS 7
- 2.44-inch HVGA display (480 x 360)
- 5-megapixel camera with VGA video recording
- 512MB of on-board storage (9350, 9360) / 1GB of on-board storage (9370)
- Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 1,000 mAh battery
- NFC technology
Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s President and Co-CEO, says the new BlackBerry Curve offers a significant performance upgrade for existing Curve users:
“These new models will build on the incredible success of the BlackBerry Curve line and further expand the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history. The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are absolutely stunning and offer a significant performance upgrade with an unmatched mobile social experience for the millions of feature phone users in the market as well as our existing Curve customers.”
The devices are set to hit carriers in Canada this month, with a worldwide roll-out planned for September.
Are you looking forward to the new BlackBerry Curve?