If BlackBerry was an airline then the Torch 9810 would be up in the lofty heights of First Class, the all-touch Torch 9860 would be Business Class, and the latest OS 7 equipped arrival, the Curve 9360, would most definitely be seated in Premium Economy.
The logical successor to the popular 9300, this latest Curve continues to ramp up the spec over previous models (which have seen the introduction of 3G and GPS technologies alongside Wi-Fi), leveraging elements from the 9780 Bold, such as the compact but crisp 480×360 pixel display to enjoy the Liquid Graphics experience of OS7. The camera has also been upgraded from 2 megapixels to 5, with 4 x digital zoom and VGA video capture, as well as a LED flash, a feature omitted on Curves of the past.
It’s thinner too at a shade under 11mm, making the 9360 only marginally broader than the flagship BlackBerry 9900 Bold. For music lovers, they’ve sadly ditched the handy media keys up top, but as compensation there’s a much cleaner chiclet-style keyboard design and onboard memory has been doubled to 512MB. And while the Curve lacks the hybrid touchscreen technology of big brother Bold, it does share NFC capability for future mobile wallet applications as well as the ability to read smart tags to exchange data or launch an app.
Like the 9300 before it, the new Curve will be available with a variety of metallic coloured finishes as well as a range of dual-layered Premium Skins as optional accessories. While no prices or tariff information are available as yet, the commercial performance of other Curves would suggest this device could be a popular mainstream choice to fill in the gap as we wait for the all-new QNX powered BlackBerrys in 2012.