BlackBerry fans can look forward to a cheaper handset running Research In Motion’s (RIM) new BB7 operating system soon, leaked images of a Curve-branded phone reveal.
Yesterday saw a slew of new BB7-powered BlackBerrys unveiled, with new flagship Torch models in evidence as well as fresh takes on the best-selling Bold range.
However, it looks like the upgraded smartphone platform won’t be the preserve of moneyed users for too much longer, after One Mobile Ring uncovered a new handset in the more affordably priced Curve range.
Snaps of the device, dubbed the Curve 9360, show the kind of look and candybar design we’ve come to expect from RIM. And naturally, there’s a physical QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad present and correct too, plus microUSB support - suggeting that what we're looking at is the handset hitherto codenamed the Apollo.
A launch date for the handset is anyone’s guess right now. But we’d think RIM might hold fire on it for a while, lest the cheaper Curve eat into sales of the new Bold and Torch smartphones.
On that note, Three has confirmed it’s on board with the Torch 9810 and will be offering it on contract plans. We’ll update you with pricing as and when we find out.
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