In an effort to regain its lost glory, Research in Motion (RIM) has delivered the last blow up its stride, releasing a new BB Curve model following the launch of the new Bold, Torch and Storm variants. So, what is the new Curve all about? Is it worth purchasing? Gauge past the break for our in-depth analysis.
For starters, the new Curve, denoted by model numbers 9350/9360/9370 is a variation of the same phone. RIM calls it the 9360, which can later change to 9350 or 9370 depending on the carrier and region (9350 is CDMA-only, 9360 is GSM/UMTS, and 9370 is the dual-mode GSM/CDMA).
RIM launched the mid-ranged Curve keeping in mind the “youth demographic” as well as the millions of international users who have helped to turn the Curve into RIM’s internationally bestselling range. It is more of a younger cousin of the Bold 9900, sporting a similar form factor and then gradually working its way downwards in specifications, like 800MHz processor (instead of 1.2GHz), no touchscreen and a 480 x 360 HVGA+ display rather than the Bold’s full VGA panel to keep up with the still to-be-confirmed lower price point.
Compared to other Curves, it is still a good upgrade thanks to the presence of the new BB 7 OS and a 5MP camera.
- 2.44-inch, 480×360 display
- 800MHz processor
- 5-megapixel camera
- NFC support
- Both the Curve 9350 and 9360 have 512MB internal storage, while the Curve 9370 has 1GB of internal storage
- BB 7 OS
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.