BlackBerry Curve 9360/70 land at the FCC

By Bla1ze on 19 Aug 2011 12:50 pm
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BlackBerry Curve FCC

Although still not official from RIM, all leaks point to the BlackBerry Curve 9360/70 as being the next devices in the BlackBerry line to be unveiled, and todays FCC filings are a sure sign of that. Both the 9360 and 9370 have just appeared at the FCC. RDD71UW, RDC771UW are what they are currently listed as. The filings don't call out the specs but it does confirm NFC is onboard for both variations. Need a specs refresher?

  • Tavor MG-1 800mHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM / 512MB eMMC
  • Built in Digital Compass
  • 1050mAh Battery
  • 5MP Camera w/ Flash
  • 480x360 Display
  • Built in WiFi
  • Built in NFC
  • Built in GPS
  • BlackBerry 7 (Lite?)
  • Bluetooth

We're guessing that's what the UK announcement is for but we'll have to wait it out and see. As you can tell, the specs are well below that of the previously announced BlackBerry 7 line-up but for Curve fans out there, the update keeps the low-cost model in mind while still pushing it ahead ever so slightly.

Source: FCC; via: CrackBerry Forums

22 comments

123berryaddicted

I've always liked the curve series, although never owned one (had Bold instead), they make for a great entry level device. So with 800mHz running os7, does this mean the 9780 could technically handle it just as well as this curve will? Or am I out on my spec comparison and missing something? (Honest question looking for an honest answer - smartie pants not welcome here - lol)

Danf

I would be willing to bet that is going to be OS7 "lite" and not the full blown liquid graphics of full OS7.

The original plan when OS7 was still OS6.1 was that the lower end models would have OS6.1 "lite". since they did not have the hardware to run the full blown OS6.1

Could be wrong, but I am questing the game plan remains the same regardless of the OS name change.

123berryaddicted

Ya that makes sense - I wonder if the 9780 will see os7 'lite' then... Guess time will tell... Curious George here - lol

Danf

The only "slight" increase I see in those specs is the processor. Going from 624 to 800Mhz.

The rest is a considerable increase, Double the ram, going from a 2MP camera with no flash to a 5MP camera with flash, Going from 320x240 to 480x360.

What would make it a significant increase in your eyes, the same specs as the new bold??

Z.a16-

i hope they release os 7 lite for the bb6 devices!

Xterra2

They WON'T
In may, back at bbworld they clearly said no bb os 6 would get os 7 lite

danisnotstan

Surprised no one else complained about the smaller battery... They really need to stop shrinking the capacity of the battery for space savings. There are plenty of phones out there that are thin and still retain a decent size battery.

jjetson

Bold 9900 lasts over a day with the new smaller battery. Just because a phone has a bigger battery doesn't mean it lasts longer. BBOS is far more efficient with respect to battery usage than the competition.

123berryaddicted

Depends how heavy of a user you are, I don't last till 5pm on my 9900, without a charge I'm dead by 2pm. Luckily I drive enough during the day with my job that I can plug in frequently enough for a quick juice up...

jjetson

Surprising, I use mine a lot and get through a day. And IIRC all the Crackberry bloggers etc. made it through the day, Bla1ze being the closest to draining it after a full use.

123berryaddicted

i wish it were so for me, but it aint. maybe i am a 'very' heavy user then. i run a small business, so when im not talking i am bbm'ing (we have 10+ bb's with my company), or im using my playblook with bb bridge. i check crackberry dot com in my spare time. btw - im loooooving my 9900 - lol

slava888

I totally agree. In my line of work long-lasting battery is a must. Tried the 9900 and returned it after a week since the battery barely lasted half a day. It's sad to see RIM getting caught up in the marketing gimmick game where appearance takes precedence over functionality. This ,of course, is my personal opinion.

imrank128

I think they should have just ended the curve series. If you want a traditional blackberry, get a bold. If you want a lower end blackberry, get a torch (either one).

Danf

The new Curve is more powerful than the previous generation Bold.

Ending the curves would be the worst mistake Rim could make. As of Feb 2011 there were some 234 million cell phone users in the US. Only 63 million own smartphones. That leaves 171 million hearts and minds up for grabs. Those hearts and minds are not going to be won by high priced smartphones. They are going to be won by the low end smartphones that lure these feature phone consumers into the world of Smartphones.

Android exploded when it introduced 49.00 android phones. Rim is making it's bid for those hearts and minds with the curve series. Reasonably priced, reasonably powerful smartphones aimed at the feature phone set which are STILL the largest market out there.

sk8er_tor

End their best selling line of phones? Are you on crack?

big_time2

I will bet you my phone that there were more Curves sold in the US than all of Bolds in the world in the past 12 months.

Why get rid of your best selling product?

mcaples

Now which on is THIS again? The Apollo? Its a NON touch right? Just a qwerty keyboard? Hence, the OS7 "light"?...the other one is the FULL touch (although WHY it CALLED Curve is beyond me) Curve? Its smaller then the Touch Torch thingy, right? BUT it looks nicer (what's WITH those Storm keys???).

If you're gonna B bold BBBold

orangepit

A measly 1050mAh Battery?

Is RIM serious??? Are they planning to boost corporate revenue by selling more batteries to all the people that buy their new phones? Is that their new business plan?

Good grief!

It's all nice to have "slimmer" and "thinner" Blackberries, but at what cost!? Recharge every 3 hours? What happened to the hallmark Blackberry claim of great battery life?

htc_maple

i'd take a longer lasting battery then a thin sexy blackberry any day, LONGER BATTERY LIFE IS A MUST!!, that's the one thing stopping me from buying the bold 9900 as much as i love the idea of having a faster phone it's not worth the short battery life i might just buy the bold 9780 out-right and keep my renew for a better blackberry in the future but that's just me

redman213

Don't forget 4G. The 9370 is a 4G device but I'm not sure about the 9360. Heres some proof: Look at the fifth row all the way to the right.

http://www.mydroidworld.com/forumimages/vzwroadmap2011.jpg

seanmaclair56

They don't need to cancel the Curve, but they do need an OS7 lite Pearl, maybe a 9110. As for 4G, it would be cool if the 9370/9360 had 4G.