Waterloo, Ontario - Research In Motion is bringing its new BlackBerry 7 OS to its Curve series following
on the step-up Bold and Torch series, but the company is not bringing 1GHz processors and touchscreens to the new Curves as it did with the Bold and Torch phones.
Curve is positioned as an
affordable series targeted to consumers who want to step up from a feature
phone or their current Curve. All three new models feature processor upgraded
to 800MHz, more memory, and better displays compared to their predecessors.
Three new Curve phones, all banded for U.S. 3G networks and all with hard QWERTY keyboard, include the Curve 9350, which will be available in dual-band (800/900MHz) and tri-band (800/1900/AWS) versions for CDMA EV-DO Rev. A networks. The 9360 will be available for U.S. GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA networks. And the 9370 is destined for a U.S. 800/1900MHz CDMA Rev. A carrier but will operate internationally in overseas markets because of its quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio.
RIM didn't mention which U.S. carriers would offer the phones, but Sprint announced Sept. 9 availability of the Curve 9350 at $79.99 with included 2GB memory card on top of the embedded 512MB memory capacity.
RIM said the trio would be available in Canada this month and from other carriers around the world beginning in September.
Other than the cellular technologies and bands they support, all three phones carry most of the same specifications, including 2.44-inch HVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, assisted GPS, optical trackpad, 5-megapixel camera, flash, image stabilization, face detection, digital zoom, and VGA video recording. The 9370 features 1GB of onboard memory, and the other two feature 512MB of onboard memory. All three feature microSD/SDHC slot supporting 32GB cards. The 9350 and 9370 also support Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology to place cellular calls over Wi-Fi.
delivers faster, more fluid web browsing compared to previous BlackBerry OSs and adds voice-activated universal search, HTML5 for gaming and video, a pre-loaded premium version of Documents To Go, the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger, and built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), which enables users to swipe their phone to pay for purchases or read SmartPoster tags.