Rogers launches BlackBerry Curve 9360

Another day, another BlackBerry launch. Following up on the Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Torch 9860, Rogers is now selling RIM’s latest entry-level smartphone: the Curve 9360.  Bell and Telus got theirs out the door early last week, and Rogers is matching their $49.99 on a three-year contract.

Although the Curve is a bit lower-end than the Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Torch 9860 launching alongside it, it still beats the specs on RIM’s older phones like the Bold 9780 and Torch 9800. The screen is non-touch, and measures 2.4 inches at a resolution of 360 x 480. The processor is a respectable 800 MHz with 512 MB of RAM, the camera weighs in at 5 megapixels with an LED flash, and there’s even a magnetic compass and near-field communications chip tucked in there (though Rogers has a software block on NFC for now). We’ve got some hands-on time with the little thing over here, and will be giving it a full review next week.

RIM’s always done well with entry-level devices, like the 8500-series, and I expect that the 9360, being as slim and pocketable as it is, will be fairly popular too. U.S. carriers are expected to shoot their versions out shortly, but any Canadians wanting to snag the BlackBerry Curve 9360 can find it in the Rogers online store.

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