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New RIM Blackberry Curve Surfaces Online

After yesterday's surprise appearance of the top of the range Blackberry Dakota, details of another Blackberry handset, possibly the successor of the 8520, have appeared online.

BGR (opens in new tab) reports that the new handset, codenamed Apollo, will target the upper-low end of the market and will be opacked with some pretty decent features.

It comes loaded with an HVGA display (non touchscreen, probably 2.4-inch), a Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU (surprisingly fast compared to previous generations), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1050mAh battery, a five-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, NFC, 512MB RAM and 512MB onboard storage.

As expected, it will be powered by the latest Blackberry OS 6.1 and will offer Quad-band compatibility. The picture displayed shows that the phone will have four touch sensitive navigation buttons and a glossy black finish.

But something's puzzling us; it appears that RIM will have NFC capabilities rolled out across all its new phones. Are there (security) features that will be rolled out based on this?

As for the Tavor processor, it is built by Marvell, has been on the market since 2008 and is known as a PXA930 processor. It looks as if it will be used as the CPU of choice for entry level smartphones.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.