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Under the bonnet, the Curve 3G will ship running the BlackBerry 5 operating system. However, RIM has confirmed that the 9300 will be upgradeable to BlackBerry 6 in the future. The company declined to reveal precisely when the OS upgrade will be available, saying that it will be available "in the coming months."
BlackBerry 6 OS offers an overhaul of version 5 and includes a redesigned home screen, new contextual on-screen menus and a significantly improved browser. The new OS will make its debut in the BlackBerry Torch 9800, which was announced last Tuesday.
Taking inspiration from its predecessor in more than just its appearance, the Curve 3G maintains the same fixed-focus 2-megapixel camera and backlit Qwerty keyboard.
RIM says that the battery in the Curve 3G will last for 19 days on standby, 29 hours of music playback or 4.5 hours of talk time.
The Curve 3G also has dedicated multimedia buttons for quicker access to music functions and will arrive packing the usual BlackBerry email, maps and messenger options.
According to reports, Saudi Arabia postponed the blocking of BlackBerry's messenger service, due to be imposed last Friday, while it works with the company to find measures that avoid blocking functionality.