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RIM Intros Social-Oriented BlackBerry Curve 9320

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It's the same old BlackBerry Curve, but now peppered with social features and Mobile Hotspot connectivity.

On Wednesday RIM introduced a new BlackBerry Curve smartphone aimed for the socially-connected customer. The overall appearance hasn't changed much, sporting a curvy chassis and an on-board 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard mounted under a rectangular qVGA (320 x 240) screen. But the new Curve features a built-in FM radio for listening to local stations data-free while strolling through the park, so that's a plus.

"The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is designed to make it incredibly easy for users to stay socially-connected," said Carlo Chiarello, EVP, Smartphone Business at Research In Motion. "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."

On the social front, the new BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with pre-loaded apps for Facebook and Twitter. There's also the Social Feeds 2.0 app for posting updates on multiple social networks simultaneously, and capturing updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view.

On the hardware front, the new Curve sports a 3.2MP camera on the back, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB for app installation, and a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage. There's also a 1450 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 3G, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, and more. All of this is powered by BlackBerry 7.1 OS which supports Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi calling and parental controls.

RIM didn't reveal any pricing or when the phone will actually be available -- that's left for the distribution partners to announce. Until then, more info can be found on the BlackBerry Curve 9320 page.

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    leo2kp , May 9, 2012 7:07 PM
    Too little, wayyyyy too late.
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 7:16 PM
    This is more for emerging markets where people can't afford iPhones.

    RIM is posed to take tens of millions of customers in countries that are only starting to show a strong middle class (India and China) and where iPhones are either non-existent or way too expensive still.

    It isn't too little, too late when it has a more than reasonable cost for the place its being sold in
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    captaincharisma , May 9, 2012 7:18 PM
    this should do well. where i live i see more people with blackberryes than the iFail
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 7:18 PM
    RIM is still relevant!!!!
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    syrious1 , May 9, 2012 7:18 PM
    I wonder if this phone has the same problems as the prevoius curve - once you set the call volume to high you get distorted and crackling sound during calls.

    if you can get one for free then it may actually be a good deal.
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    extremepcs , May 9, 2012 7:53 PM
    Wow that screen is HUGE! (if it was still 1997)
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    eddieroolz , May 9, 2012 8:00 PM
    It should be noted that this device is obviously targeted towards the low end and developing nations...
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    schnitter , May 9, 2012 9:16 PM
    This thing is supposed to cost $210. For a "budget" phone, this is prices way too high for what it is.
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    the real mr b , May 9, 2012 10:59 PM
    This is actually a good plan to sell a lot of cellphones in developing countries. They will be gaining worldwide market share this way and have higher revenues while they're working on releasing BB 10 which looks awesome IMO. Anyhow, cant wait to get my BB 10 phone! :D 
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    iceman1992 , May 10, 2012 8:45 AM
    Why couldn't they put in a 1450 mAh battery for the 9360? The 1000 mAh is way too small.
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    lamorpa , May 10, 2012 7:56 PM
    It's only for people who have very tiny friends that can be seen on that 1/4 of a screen.
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