Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its latest attempt to boost its struggling user base in the low to mid-end consumer mobile market, the BlackBerry Curve 9320.
T-Mobile slipped up and confirmed the impending release of the Curve 9320 last April as a low-cost addition to Canada-based smartphone maker RIM’s handset lineup.
It sports a 2.44-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and RIM’s trademark Curve QWERTY keyboard; however, unlike its predecessors, the Curve 9320 comes with a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger button that pops up the messaging app when pressed.
Other notable features include the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1, a maximum 32GB of expandable memory, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity and preinstalled FM radio.
“The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is designed to make it incredibly easy for users to stay socially-connected,” said Carlo Chiarello, RIM’s EVP of Smartphone Business said. “The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be especially popular with customers upgrading to a smartphone for the first time and existing Curve customers looking for a step up in speed and functionality.”
RIM has yet to reveal pricing details but UK availability is now a fact, with Three to offer the Curve 9320 at £139.99 on pay as you go and free on a £15 contract. The UK mobile operator also disclosed its launch date from May 14, which entails its arrival on UK shelves by Monday.