RIM has introduced a more affordable touchscreen based model with the release of the BlackBerry Curve 9380. A 3.2-inch touchscreen capacitive display replaces the legendary QWERTY keyboard configuration of the old Curve design – take a look at the Blackberry Curve 8520. It may look strange since the Curve 9380 now looks like a budget Android smartphone with a BlackBerry logo on top instead of Samsung or HTC.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 Smartphone runs the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 and it is powered by an 806 MHz single core processor with 512MB of RAM. The hardware isn’t impressive considering the price tag; the Curve 9380 is still selling for $430 unlocked. Nevertheless, this model is still a lot cheaper than the BlackBerry Torch 9800.
Constructed entirely from plastic, the Curve 9380, is however well-built. The small form factor, measuring only 109x60x11.2 mm and weighing just 98 grams, makes this very pocket-worthy. The 3.2-inch is nothing to crow about because it only offers 320×480 resolution with 188 ppi density. Users who still are not comfortable with full touch based controls can use the round touchpad below to navigate around the Curve 9380’s interface.
The BlackBerry Curve supports 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Near Field Communication, New BBM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, micro USB 2.0, microSD port, and 3.5mm audio jack. It has no HDMI output and the 5.0 megapixel camera while having autofocus and LED flash, can only record 640×480 VGA movies. On the other hand this phone’s camera has image stabilization, geo-tagging and 4x digital zoom features.
The 1230 mAh battery can lasts up to 360 hours in standby time or 30 hours or continuous music playback. The internal storage capacity is also a mere 512MB but RIM is selling the Curve 9380 with a free bundled 2GB microSD card inside the box in addition to the free stereo headset.