BlackBerry Apollo - The newest member of the Curve family shows us what it's made of

By Michelle Haag on 13 Jan 2011 11:20 am EST
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BlackBerry Curve Apollo

It appears that RIM's most popular line of BlackBerry smartphones is about to get a new addition! This device, codenamed "Apollo", will be an awesome addition to the Curve family, especially if the specs reported this morning are true. Packing in a 480 x 360 screen, 5-megapixel camera, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, a tri-band HSPA 7.2Mbps radio, and NFC capability, this device is sure to please those of you out there that love the Curve form-factor but feel the latest offerings leave something (a lot) to be desired.

The Curve line currently includes the 83xx, 85xx, 89xx, and 93xx series. No word yet what number the Apollo may be assigned. Also no indication on pricing yet, though being part of the Curve line it's sure to be competitive. This device, much like the Dakota mentioned earlier today, have both been rumored as far back as 2009. Which one will you be picking up on release day?

Full specs for the BlackBerry Apollo:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • HVGA 480 x 360 display
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • 11mm thin
Discuss more in our new BlackBerry apollo forum

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BlackBerry Apollo - The newest member of the Curve family shows us what it's made of

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I might stick with the Curve line if this is where it's going. Though why such a small battery?

Are we gonna see these phones officially announced at the Blackberry World Conference or whatever they're calling it?

I agree that they're finally moving in the right direction with the Curve line.

This is the FIRST curve that has been an upgrade from the 8900. Every Curve in the last two years has been a downgrade.

Sure, they had trackpads, but they had crappy screens, slower processors, lower-res cameras without a flash, and no GPS half the time.

The only specs on this that don't seem to beat the 8900 are the screen res, which is the same, and the pathetic battery size. The 8900 packed a 1400 mAh. I sure hope this thing has some serious power management resources...

I have hust brought 9780 two weeks ago....
And now so much new devices....

Wow...

Keep going RIM

But all them sucks...

We need QNX

pretty much looks standard nothing to WOW about. the rendered design does look a bit better but not enough change for me to purchase.

Other than the upgrade in the camera not much to crow about.. It might look cooler, but if you keep it in a case what's the difference?

Shit. #RIM is going all crazy ape shit dropping all these HOT devices! MY Torch is officially "old." waaaa waaaa waaaa. :)

Hey! Looks pretty good! I like the look of this... If their entry level phone looks this good, what's the top end models going to look like this year? Can't wait to see what RIM has for us this year.

Very like old bold series...
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plastic with leather looks
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Wobly trackpad
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Color Peeling keypads
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And same old push mail
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Old bold series? Are you serious? I'm a die hard 9000 fan and this looks far from it.

If anything it looks like a hybrid of the Tour with the plastic chrome sides with the curved top that started with the 8900.

Then you have a chicklit (no idea how to spell) keyboard like the curves, but it seems that there's more gloss.
Then there's the call, menu, trackpad, return and end call buttons that look like the Storm 2 and Style.

As for the old push email, well, its Blackberry, can't argue with you there haha

Yeah. That darned push. Always holding them back.

Why can't they just drain the battery polling like all the "cool" kids?

For a mid-market device, it's not bad at all. I have so many friends that own a Curve simply because they wanted a nice phone that could handle email and scheduling. Getting an iPhone or an Android can be quite a financial investment for some. If the specs hold true and they don't price it to compete with top line smartphones, I think there will be a great market for it! You have to love a company that looks out for most financial ranges

Nice point EarthRyno. This strong line-up (if priced accessibly) might really improve the user-base and developer incentive. NFC for the Curve line at the same time as the flagship Bold is a bit of a surprise... What sets the new Bold apart in specs/features?

Not a huge upgrade from the 624MHz although i'm diggin the glossy front face housing. The specs looks like a minor upgrade from the 9300 series so i'll pass.

BTW what's the Difference between OS 6.0 and 6.1 and i'm sure my Torch will be upgradable to that since this has 512MB of ram as well.

I was going to mention it. Interesting indeed. It lifts the CPU in terms of power above that of many extant so-called higher-end devices. I've not heard of that brand of CPU. But then, I am but a mere dilettante as far as geeks go.

I'm cautiously approving of the direction the recent model leaks indicate RIM is going in.

No kidding, 19% thinner than the 8900, which I believe is the thinnest BB out there. One of the reasons I've been reluctant to upgrade from my 8900.

im not a fan of the trac pad.. i like the atomic track ball.. but this phone looks sleek.. wish BB would give u a choise between trackpad and trackball...

The trackpad results in fewer warranty claims. And you have to be one of the very few to want a trackball over a trackpad.

I have an 8530 that I like a lot. The size, the features they suit me. So, if I can get an upgraded set of features in a size and form I like, that's where I'll put my $. 5-megapixel camera with flash is especially attractive.

" This device, much like the Dakota mentioned earlier today, have both been rumored as far back as 2009. Which one will you be picking up on release day?"

I'm going to have to say neither since these are both GSM and RIM appears to not have any interest in CDMA.

I'm still gonna hold out for a Sprint Torch with 6.1 OS 800MHZ 516MB RAM 4-8GB Media card 5.0 cam due hopefully round March 2011

Rumored in 2009 means built on 2008 technology to be released in 2011. Sounds on par with what I'm seeing out of RIM.

QNX...QNX... get with it RIM.

I am currently running 6.0 on my 9700 but I really miss the ease of typing on the curve keyboard. I will upgrade to this one if I get the chance because I skipped the 9300 because It had the lower end resolution and camera of the 8300 series. It also has an all black look that makes it very appealing and not to mention the it has a more superior processor than the torch and the 9780.

Looks like a nice phone... the keyboard however looks almost like rubber keys like the Palm Pre or Pixi... I hope not haha... might just be the lighting or angle.

WTF - no 3G in this day and age - am I ready this correctly? Thank goodness for the Dakota, let's just hope it's 9000 size as the look suggests.

Great, just when i ordered the 9780 for the 3rd time since its release9returned the previous 2 within the 20 day 'Buyers Remorse' period. Not particularly one for getting caught up with having all the newest devices but i'm due for an upgrade and absolutely love the keyboard on the curve series. Wanna make sure it's one that counts

Still wish RIM would roll with some CDMA phones. I know VZW has kind of put them on the backburner with all the Droid pushing, but if they would release something like this/Torch2/Dakota on CDMA and not just for A-friggin' T&T, maybe they could keep an extra Verizon customer or two. Because of the lackluster options with VZW I went with a Droid X for my last upgrade. Great phone, but still want to get back to Black if they would release something better for VZW. C'mon RIM, I know you have it in you...

Just because we haven't had leaks about them, who knows what cdma are getting, the odds are that there will be cdma versions of apollo, dakota and storm 3 and who knows what deal at&t had for the torch exclusivity, maybe even one of those as well.

That's all I'm hoping for. I just know that I would've stuck with BB if VZW had a Torch or something new at my last upgrade (upgraded from a Storm 2). I'd love to go back, not because I don't like Android, just because I really don't need everything that it can do. It's almost a little too techy for me, if that makes sense. So if one of these three phones comes to VZW, I'd be more than happy to go back to Black. I'm just not liking how it seems like every new BB that I'd love to have goes to every carrier besides VZW.

So the Curve 8900 is finally getting a true upgrade, after the slap in the face that were the 85xx and "Curve 3G" devices?

Well maybe this device is something that I should switch from 85xx!! It sure has an ellegant looks on it and cool enough to compete with my Galaxy device

with the phones available from my provider I was gonna choose between the Pearl 3G, the Curve 3G, or the HTC Legend (android powered)

until I can do some hands on, Pearl and Legend were tied for tops, the thing that I didn't like about the Curve was the low screen res. However My provider won't roll out the 3G phones and network in my area till after March sometimes (so the rumors go). I really hope I can get my mitts on one of these, cuz I think it would be perfect. (not a power user, just need more then the average dumbphone can offer)

This is a bad Photoshop cobbled together in someone's garage. Look at the lettering on the keys on the right of the keyboard and the power switch and you'll see that it has been lifted from a head-on picture of an existing device. There's no genuine perspective on them at all. Maybe RIM is reacting to people asking why no new phones were displayed at CES 2011, or maybe someone is cutting and pasting their dream devices at home, but this certainly isn't a picture of a real device.

looks great, though I still prefer the bold layout for keys.

Nothing wrong with OS 6. QNX still needs to be released before I give judgement and until then, this is a capable OS upgrade from 4/5 and I quite like the OS too