RIM make new budget push with BlackBerry Curve 9320

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BB_Curve_9320.jpgAfter a brief leaked look at the handset last month, RIM have finally unveiled the BlackBerry Curve 9320, their latest QWERTY-packing phone aimed squarely at the budget market.

The most obvious differentiating feature of the Curve 9320 over previous models in the Curve range is a dedicated BBM button, jumping you straight into RIM’s popular free instant messaging application. The app also now integrates Twitter an Facebook, making it a one-stop shop when it comes to messaging your mates.

Above the full QWERTY keyboard sits a 2.44 inch non touch screen, with a low qHD resolution. However, the small touch-less screen helps push battery levels dramatically higher than your average smartphone, with its 1450mAh battery powering up to 18 days of standby time.

512MB of storage is built in, which can be boosted by a microSD card, while 3G, Wi-Fi and an FM radio are all onboard (relative novelties in RIM’s cheaper handsets).

Though the spec sheet isn’t all that inspiring, the pricing of the Curve 9320 is. You’re looking at a mere £139.99 on PAYG for the handset when it launches on May 14th, with the Three network already touting contract deals of £15.

Gerald Lynch