Rim unveils BlackBerry 9380 and 9790

A new improved Bold with 1GHz processor and all-touch Curve ready to roll soon

November 16, 2011
BlackBerry Curve 9380

Rim has revealed a pair of new BlackBerries which will soon be ripe for the picking.

Both the BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 will run BlackBerry OS 7, and boast slim and stylish designs, according to the company.

The Curve 9380 follows the Torch 9850’s lead, and is the first Curve model to ditch the keyboard and go for a full touchscreen handset like the Torch.

This is a direction Rim is increasingly looking to move in given the appeal of the iPhone and Android handsets such as Samsung Galaxy.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a rather smaller than the iPhone (and much smaller than many Android phones) 3.2 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 360×480. Of course, the Curve family is designed to be compact.

It has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and pre-installed social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter, social feed apps and of course BlackBerry Messenger. The processor runs at 800MHz.

The Bold 9790 comes in the traditional full Qwerty keyboard format, with a “highly tactile” keyboard (early previews suggest that’s it’s nice to use) and a more powerful 1GHz processor with 8GB of memory.

It has a 2.4 inch touchscreen and is slimmer than its 9780 predecessor, and also comes with NFC technology for mobile payments.

A quality build and finish is promised, along with highly responsive touchscreens.

Carlo Chiarello, Senior Vice President of Handheld Product Management at Rim, commented: “We are very excited to expand the BlackBerry 7 portfolio with the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380.”

“BlackBerry smartphones offer a uniquely refined mobile communications experience that people love and we think many customers will be thrilled by the faster performance, beautiful touch displays and compact designs available with these new BlackBerry 7 based models.”

Both devices should be available in the near future, although Rim hasn’t specified any exact date or pricing just yet.


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