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RIM Announces the BlackBerry Bold 9790 & Curve 9380

BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380

RIM has announced two new smartphones this morning — the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BlackBerry Curve 9380 — which extend the reach of the Canadian company’s BlackBerry OS 7 operating system, and its NFC-equipped smartphone lineup.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9790 is an update to the company’s Bold 9780, sporting a 2.44-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 360 x 480. It’s powered by a 1GHz CPU, slightly less than that featured in the BlackBerry Bold 9900, which is accompanied by 8GB of internal storage. That can be increased by an additional 32GB, however, using the microSD card slot.

The new BlackBerry Curve 9380, which I think is the most exciting of the two, is RIM’s first Curve to do away with the QWERTY keyboard in favor of an entirely touch-based device. Its 3.2-inch display boasts a resolution of 480 x 360, which will be ideal for displaying the photos snapped with its 5-megapixel camera.

RIM’s press release was a little mean when it comes to specifications, so that’s all we have for the time being, but we do know both devices will feature NFC capabilities, and augmented reality support. They’ll also come pre-loaded with RIM applications such as BlackBerry Messenger (obviously!), Documents To Go Premium, an BlackBerry Protect.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, but both devices are expected to launch “over the coming weeks” with “various carriers around the world.”

As a fan of touchscreen devices, I’m most excited about the new BlackBerry Curve. Its specifications won’t allow it to compete with high-end Android handsets, or the iPhone 4S, but it will suit BlackBerry fans who are keen to adopt an entirely touch-based device.

What do you think of RIM’s latest handsets?

[via Engadget]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...