Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Smartphone, a new addition to the globally popular BlackBerry Curve series of Smartphones that is 3G (HSDPA) network ready device providing users the exceptional communications features.
Designed to provide the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Smartphone supports high-speed 3G (HSDPA) networks around the world and gives users the exceptional communications features they need to accomplish more than ever, when they’re at home, at work and everywhere in-between.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G is expected to ships with BlackBerry 5 OS and is fully BlackBerry 6 operating system ready which is a new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones that was announced last week. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, subject to carrier certifications, in the coming months.
The new BlackBerry 6 operating system, retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use.
The Blackberry 6.0 OS features a redesigned user interface that seamlessly works with the touch screen and trackpad, includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and provides integrated access to the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and various instant messaging applications available on the BlackBerry Torch smartphone in addition to featuring a dedicated YouTube app and Podcasts app.
The new BlackBerry 6 operating system also integrates a new and rich WebKit-based browser on BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Smartphone that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience.
The WebKit based browser features tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously (like Opera Mini 5), pinch to zoom feature for easy navigation and an auto-wrap text zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements by simply double-tapping the BlackBerry Torch.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Smartphone also features universal search, that is always accessible from the Home Screen, allowing users to search through email, messages, contacts, music, videos and more on the smartphone, as well as extend search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World.
“The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Curve 3G is a perfect choice for happily busy people who are looking for a user-friendly 3G smartphone to help them make the most of their day and to stay connected with their friends, family and co-workers.”
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as dedicated media keys, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go.
The new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone also features a camera that can record video and a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage. Support for 3G networks makes browsing faster, streaming music smoother, and gives users the ability to talk on the phone while they browse the web, instant message with BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) or share their location with friends on popular social networking sites.
The Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks 850/900/1800/1900MH and Tri-band 3G UMTS networks 800/850)/1900/2100 MHz or 900/1700/2100 MHz network ready Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone sports a stylish design has 2.46-inch 320 x 240 pixels 65K-colours QVGA TFT LCD scratch resistant display with full QWERTY keypad and is the first BlackBerry device with dedicated multimedia keys.
The smartphone is equipped with all new touch-sensitive trackpad instead of traditional trackball and it comes with a full HTML web browser and several social networking appls for Facebook, Myspace, and Flickr.
Since new touchpad involves no moving parts, it should be more robust and expected to last long. The trackpad employs all the same gestures as the conventional trackball, besides feels similar to using a trackpad on a laptop. To select an option, one can click the pad just like one would with the conventional trackball.
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 features 35 key backlit full QWERTY keyboard in addition to several dedicated keys for functions like Send, End, VAD/PTT (User customizable), Camera (User customizable), and 2 x volume. The handset also sports dedicated Media Keys which includes functions like Play/Pause/Mute, Back, and Forward.
Measuring just 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm and weighing just about 104 gms, the new BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 mobilephone comes is equipped with Qualcomm MSM7600 528 MHz processor, the Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 is powered by BlackBerry’s own Blackberry 5.0 Operating system and it comes with 256-MB internal memory and has microSD memory slot supporting up to 32 GB maximum memory storage.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 sports three dedicated music and multimedia atop the smartphone allowing skip over songs, pause music to talk, or repeat favorites over and over options in addition to enabling mute phone calls with the easy-access mute button.
The handset offers simple and straightforward email and IM setup and it supports Windows Hotmail/Live, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, ICQ and Blackberry messenger.
Supporting Polyphonic ringtones along with MP3 ringtones, the new BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone offers GPRS Class 10 connection with upto 48 kbps speed, 3G HSDPA network, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/N wireless LAN connecivity and ultra fast EDGE class 10 connection allowing upto 236.8 kbps data speed.
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 also allows Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Internet Server, direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi LAN network and support for UMA.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 Smartphone is also equipped with built-in GPS with A-GPS support, and includes BlackBerry Maps and Assisted, autonomous and simultaneous GPS enabled.
The Smartphone also offers wireless Bluetooth v2.0 connection with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) option allowing users listening to music on bluetooth compatible headset like 3.5mm HSP headset absolutely wire-free and in full stereo.
In addition, the Blackberry Curve 3G smartphone is also equipped with standard fast USB v2.0 port (miniUSB port) which is used for both power recharging and PC connectivity for data exchange.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 mobilephone sports a top class 2.0 Megapixels Fix-Focus digital camera that offers 5x digital zoom (using volume control key) at maximum resolution of 1632 x 1224 pixels. The still pictures are stored in standatd JPEG format.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300’s digital camera is a fix-focus lens technology and shooting mode supports various options for still and video recording under several adjustable shooting conditions.
The digital camera is also capable of video recording in a normal resolution of QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) and MMS resolution of 176 x 144 pixels. Recording length is only limited by the available free space on the memory card.
The included media player in BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphones is a full featured media player that allows playing video and audio files. Audio media files supports AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, and AAC-LC and Video format supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3 files and file transfer is fairly fast using USB v2.0 interface.
In addition, it also offers 3.5 mm audio out port to allow users plugin their choice of headphones. One can play, rewind, fast forward, equalize, shuffle tracks and create playlists – just like in any other digital music player.
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The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 supports MMS (Multimedia Message Service) for Multimedia text messaging allowing sounds, pictures, animations and formatted text in SMS message and its integrated image blog features allows sharing photos instantly by directly posting them onto any blog site.
Available in black and Red colors, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone’s some other features includes, WiFi access to Blackberry Enterprise Server, WiFi access to Blackberry Internet Server, built-in full HTML browser, Email Client, Wireless Email, voice memo recording, built-in handsfree Speakerphone, WAP 2.0/xHTML Browser, Java MIDP 2.0 support, picture caller ID, applications such as calendar, currency converter, alarm clock, auto keypad lock, stop watch, and preloaded polyphonic ringtones with ringtone composing application.
Equipped with Li-Ion 1150 mHz standard battery, the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone offers upto 17 days of standby, 4.5 hrs of talk time (on GSM network), and 29 hours of music playback.
Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 smartphone has already hit Canadian market and is expected to be available from various carriers and distribution partners around the world beginning in August 2010.