RIM debuts new BlackBerry Curve

After refreshing the BlackBerry Bold, Torch, and Storm, you had to know the BlackBerry Curve wasn't too far behind. Meet the new BlackBerry Curve models.

RIM BlackBerry Curve
The BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 will be available in Canada later this month and is expected to ship worldwide in September. RIM

The BlackBerry Bold, Torch, and Storm all got a makeover, and now it's the Curve's turn.

Today, RIM introduced the latest version of its entry-level Curve series. Available in Canada later this month and shipping to other carriers worldwide starting in September, the new BlackBerry Curve will come in three models: the CDMA-only BlackBerry Curve 9350, the GSM/UMTS BlackBerry Curve 9360, and the dual-mode GSM/CDMA BlackBerry Curve 9370.

Designed for those looking for a more affordable smartphone option or for people making the jump from a feature phone, the Curve offers a more entry-level set of features than its bigger brother, the Bold. This includes a 2.44-inch, 480x360 display, an 800MHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and NFC support. Both the Curve 9350 and 960 have 512MB internal storage, while the Curve 9370 has 1GB of internal storage.

The trio will all run BlackBerry OS 7, which brings better graphics, a faster WebKit browser, and a number of preloaded applications, including Documents to Go Premium, BlackBerry Protect, and the latest version of BBM.

Pricing and carrier support for the Curve 9360 and 9370 were not announced at this time, but Sprint revealed that it will begin offering the Curve 9350 on September 9 for $79.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Read the full CNET Review

BlackBerry Curve 9360 (T- Mobile)

The Bottom Line: The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 makes a great entry-level offering for those already in the BlackBerry camp. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

BlackBerry Curve 9370 (Verizon Wireless)

The Bottom Line: Verizon's BlackBerry Curve 9370 brings you BlackBerry 7 OS and a global-ready SIM slot in an ultraportable package. Unfortunately, some design flaws and a high price for an entry-level device make the QWERTY handset hard to recommend to anyone except BlackBerry devotees. / Read full review

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.



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