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BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion has revealed new models for its Curve and Bold ranges, both of which use the recently released BlackBerry 7 operating system.
The announcement on Tuesday introduced the BlackBerry Curve 9380, the first full touchscreen smartphone in the Curve range, and the BlackBerry Bold 9790 (pictured), which comes with a trademark RIM Qwerty keyboard alongside its touch display.
Both handsets run the BlackBerry 7 OS, which includes support for near-field communication (NFC) and augmented reality technology. The mobile OS also provides the most recent version of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) IM client.
BlackBerry 7 comes with a number of pre-installed apps, including the premium version of Documents To Go, which lets people edit and view common document formats on the handset. Like other smartphone OSes, it integrates a range of social-networking services, such as Facebook and BBM.
Hardware-wise, the Bold 9790 has a 1GB processor and 8GB of internal storage. Measuring 110mm by 60mm by 11.4mmm, it has a 2.45-inch display and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The handset is due to go on sale in coming weeks for an as-yet-undisclosed price.
The Curve 9380 (shown) has a 3.2-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, and an 800MHz processor. It measures 109mm by 60mm by 11.2mm.
Like the Bold, the Curve will come pre-installed with BlackBerry Protect and BlackBerry Balance, which are designed to keep work and personal data separate and secure. No release date or pricing was disclosed.
Separately on Tuesday, RIM announced that its BlackBerry Music service is now available in the UK. The cloud-powered service costs £5 per month and lets people stream and share a playlist of 50 songs with BBM contacts.
In future, RIM plans to switch to a QNX-based operating system called BBX for its devices. However, the company is yet to show off the new platform and no release schedule has been made public. It has said that by using the OS for its tablet and smartphone devices, it hopes to unify its platform and developer ecosystem.
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