BlackBerry Curve 9360 goes official

Just a couple of weeks after it was first spotted, the BlackBerry that didn't launch at the recent OS 7 event is now here. That's the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

It is, as expected, the entry-level BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone and sequel to the Curve 9300. It's one of three variants of the handset, but the Curve 9360 is the one we'll see on these shores. For your money, you'll get an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 2.44-inch display with 480x360 resolution, a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and VGA video shooting, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi plus NFC connectivity too. Only 512MB of internal storage, but you can pick up a microSD card up to 32GB to boost that up considerably.

Obviously there's a QWERTY keyboard too, as well as an optical trackpad, but note that the display isn't a touch-screen. This is an entry-level handset after all, and one that should appeal to traditionalists on a budget.

Not that we know how much the handset will go for as yet. Vodafone has already confirmed it will be stocking the smartphone 'soon' on both contract and pay-as-you-go terms, but has yet to give out those all-important details. We would guess next month for a shelf date though, if you are currently running down a contract.

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