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RIM Announces BlackBerry Curve 9320

RIM has unveiled today the latest BlackBerry Curve smartphone, the 9320, previously known by the codename of BlackBerry Armstrong.

The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is the newest budget smartphone from the Canadian handset manufacturer, and features a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key - for quick access to the popular messaging software.

"The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is designed to make it incredibly easy for users to stay socially-connected", said Carlo Chiarello, EVP, Smartphone Business at RIM.

"The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be especially popular with customers upgrading to a smartphone for the first time and existing Curve customers looking for a step up in speed and functionality."

The device features a BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It comes with the latest BlackBerry OS 7.1, and is preloaded with Facebook and Twitter apps, as well as the new Social Feeds 2.0 app.

RIM has added two user configurable keys on the side of the phone, set to BBM and the phone's camera. These can be assigned to any app on the smartphone.

The device also boasts an 806MHz processor and is thinner than the BlackBerry Curve 9300, at just 12.7mm thin. It also has a long battery life, of up to 18 days on standby or 7 hours talk-time.