O2 has become the first UK carrier to confirm it is ranging the just-unveiled BlackBerry Curve 9380.
The network announced it will be offering the latest addition to the Curve family, and the first to feature an all-touchscreen user interface, ‘soon’ via an update on its official Twitter feed.
Announced yesterday, the handset is powered by BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) new BB7 operating system, bringing an improved user interface and enabling browsing speeds some 40 per cent faster than phones featuring its predecessor OS 6.
The Curve 9380 also rocks a 3.2-inch high-res display and trad-dad optical trackpad, but shuns the physical QWERTY keyboard that’s become a hallmark of BlackBerry handsets.
Elsewhere, it offers a five-megapixel camera with flash and video recording, an updated version of the best-in-class instant messaging service BlackBerry Messenger, and improved graphics from earlier Curve-branded phones.
As with all BB7-toting phones, the Curve 9380 features Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, so can be used to pay for low ticket items by swiping it over a reader.