RIM, the folks who make Blackberry phones have been in trouble financially with stiff competition from the iPhone and Android smartphones of late. RIM’s response has been to blitz the market with as many new versions of their popular “keyboarded” smartphones as possible.
The lastest in the release blitz is the BlackBerry Curve models 9350, 9360 and 9370. This phone is expected to have a world wide release date in September but will debut first in Canada in the month of August. This is the simplest category of those made by RIM with the higher end Bold and Torch lines already having seen upgrades. Those models have seen recent launches with more to come over the next two months.
For its part, the Curve fills an entry-level niche with a hopefully entry-level price point although pricing details have not been made available yet. The phone’s versions will support CDMA, GSM/UMTS and a combo GSM/CDMA, for customers on different networks.
The curve has a QWERTY keyboard – classic for BlackBerry’s – a single 800MHZ cpu, a 2.44 inch screen and a 5MP camera as well as support for NFC. The lower end Curves will come with 512MB installed and the upper end phone will have 1GB.
The newer phones, Curve included, will run on the OS 7 operating system which by all accounts provides significant speed improvements as well as nice graphics and more apps than previous versions of the OS.