Canadian handset manufacturer, RIM, has launched an updated version of its Blackberry Curve 9300 smartphone which now sports 3G functionality; sadly though RIM will ship it with Blackberry OS 5 despite the fact that it will be Blackberry OS 6 compatible.
The phone will go on sale in August and should be available from the likes of T-Mobile and O2. It is an evolution of the Blackberry Curve 8520 (not the 8900 or the 8300) with whom it shares the bulk of features including the trackpad and the dedicated media keys.
It does however come with integrated GPS functionality and 3G, both of which are absent on the 8520. There are also a number of minor improvements like compatibility with Bluetooth v2.1, OGG Vorbis & Flac support (which is also found in the Torch).
The Curve 9300 also keeps the 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11n, support for 32GB microSD cards and a screen that can display 320x240 pixels. Expect the phone to be available in graphite grey and in smokey violet.
Will the Curve 9300 be a straight replacement for the 8520? We'd be inclined to believe so. Whether the new handset will be sold for as little as the £150 the 8520 is currently commanding at O2, it remains to be seen.