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RIM Rolls Out Blackberry Curve 9380

Another RIM handset was released yesterday following the rather good-looking RIM Blackberry Bold 9790; the device, called the Curve 9380 is a variant of the existing Curve 9360, without the physical keyboard.

There's a 3.2-inch 360x480 pixel touchscreen instead, it is in fact the first Curve smartphone to come with a touchscreen display, and looks a bit like a cheaper version of the Blackberry Torch.

There's an 800MHz Marvell processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, NFC capabilities, 3G, GPS, an optical trackpad and RIM's new Blackberry OS 7 operating system.

The Curve 9360 can be had for as little as £230 on PAYG which means that the new 9380 is likely to cost roughly the same. RIM has yet to confirm when the device will go on sale in the UK.

Other features include a five megapixel camera with VGA recording capabilities, nearly five hours battery life when talking on 3G and a weight under 100g.

O2 has been one of the first to confirm they will be offering the handset (opens in new tab) in the UK, as soon as we have further details of pricing and release date we'll be sure to let you know.

Désiré Athow

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.