Research in Motion (RIM) has lifted the lid on the latest addition to the Curve range, offering the BlackBerry 7 (BB7) OS-enhanced browsing and graphical smarts of its higher-end kits at a more affordable price point.
Check out the Curve 9360 in action in the clip below
Dubbed the Curve 9360, the smartphone, which was notably absent from the company’s launch event last month for new Bold and Torch branded phones, is expected to land in September on all major networks.
Three and Vodafone are the first UK carriers to confirm they are ranging the handset, but have yet to announce price points. In keeping with other Curve smartphones, though, we anticipate it’ll be free from around £25 per month.
What does that get you, then? Well, because the Curve 9360 runs BB7 it promises to offer 40 per cent faster browsing than phones running the earlier platform iteration OS 6, as well as deeper Facebook integration and use of the upgraded BlackBerry Messenger 6.
And you’ll get more fluid animation too thanks to RIM’s Liquid Graphics tech, as well as on board Near Field Communication (NFC) chips - giving owners the option to pay for low-ticket items by swiping their phone over a reader.
Under the hood, pretty much every spec has been upgraded from the last Curve contender. That means that packed into its 60x109x11mm dimensions is a 2.5-inch HVGA screen with higher resolution, a none-more-RIM physical QWERTY keyboard and a five megapixel camera with flash and video recording.
Elsewhere, you’ll find GPS and Wi-Fi support, microSD card support up to 32GB and some pre-loaded apps such as Document to Go, BlackBerry Balance and BlackBerry Protect.
Somewhat concerningly, RIM has opted for a relatively meagre 800MHz processor. Whether that’ll be enough to deliver a satisfying BB7 experience long-term is a moot point. But we have to say that a short hands-on, we didn’t notice any difference from the Bold and Torch we tried earlier this month.
Alongside the 9360, RIM showcased the Curve 9370 and 9350 models. However, these are regional variants and won’t be making the trip to the UK.