Earlier this week, the very first “live” images of Research In Motion’s (RIM) upcoming BlackBerry Curve 9300 smartphone hit the Web, showing what appears to be an upgraded version of the low-end Curve 85xx series. Today, I have a couple more, high-quality shots to share.
The device, which is nearly identical to the older 85xx, differs on the outside in that it sports a slightly different battery door and silver/chrome-colored bezel. On the inside, the new Curve is thought to have more application memory (512MB up from 256MB) and support for GSM/UMTS 3G cellular frequencies. And it will also follow in the new 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100’s “footsteps” with 802.11n Wi-Fi support, according to reports. (802.11n should make for faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity.)
The 9300 will also presumably pack GPS—the Curve 8520 does not have GPS, but the CDMA Curve 8530 does.
The new images also show the BlackBerry Curve 9300 running BlackBerry OS 5 (v184.108.40.2067), not RIM’s upcoming OS, BlackBerry 6, though that could change by the time it goes to market.
Overall the Curve 9300, which, like it’s 85xx-series brothers, is aimed at new-ish smartphone users or users, appears to be a minor upgrade to the 85xx Curve, not unlike the recent BlackBerry Tour upgrade, the Bold 9650.
Pricing and release dates for this new Curve are unknown at this point—it hasn’t even been acknowledged by RIM–but based on the current popularity of the Curve 85xx, you can probably expect it to land on both GSM (T-Mobile, AT&T) and CDMA carriers (Verizon, Sprint) in the United States in the not so distant future for around $100 on contract.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.