BlackBerry Curve 9320 finally official
Comes with BB OS 7.1 and a dedicated BBM button
Published: 9 May, 2012
Those following the BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be glad to hear that the handset is finally official after appearing in several leaks previously. RIM has taken the covers off the handset which looks fairly promising as far as BlackBerries go these days but as ever won't offer anything that will convert any Android, iPhone or Windows Phone 7 fans. Externally it looks more or less the same as the 9220 and inside there are few differences in features to distinguish them.
Key features include a 2.44" display, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. Like the few Facebook phones which are out there the latest BlackBerry comes with a dedicated BBM button allowing users to easily share content such as videos and pictures or instantly launch the messaging app to chat to their friends. It also has a 1450mAh battery that's said to last for 7 hours of talk time.
The main difference between the 9220 and 9320 is in the camera-department, the 9220 has a 2mp snapper with a 5X digital zoom, the 9320 a 3.2mp camera with a 4X digital zoom and extended depth of field.
There's no indication yet of when it's going to be released in the US but the 9320 has been confirmed to be arriving at UK carrier Three on May 14. It's going to be selling it on PAYG for £140 ($226), and for free on a two-year contract at £15.50 a month.
Once again it's a device that should appeal to existing BlackBerry fans or a younger demographic looking for a reasonable smartphone for social networking but offers nothing that hasn't been seen before. The most interesting handset that RIM has released, at least to those in the industry, lately is the BlackBerry 10 dev unit. It's only a prototype for developers to try out the new OS before it's released later this year but indicates at more interesting things to come from the company.