While T-Mobile might be lining up to launch the new BlackBerry Curve soon, Sprint is falling a bit behind schedule. They’ve recently posted on their community forums that “due to unexpected circumstances, Sprint shifted the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9350 smartphone beyond the planned Sept. 9 availability date. It will now go on sale in October with a specific availability date shared at a later time.”
Though the BlackBerry Curve 9350 / 60 is RIM’s latest entry-level device, it beats the snot out of their top-end phones last generation; it’s got an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 2.4-inch 480 x 360 non-touch display. It’s running OS 7, which includes a new graphics rendering engine, and a few added features, like augmented reality support and voice-activated universal search. I had my hands on a Telus unit recently, where you can see just how slim and pocketable the thing is. We should have a review going up next week.
It’s a little crazy that it’s taking so long for the new BlackBerry Curve to come out in the U.S., seeing as we’ve had it up here in Canada for about two weeks now, but at least sprint is offering the higher-end Torch 9850 and Bold 9930. Considering AT&T isn’t due to get some of the newest BlackBerry devices until November, I suspect RIM’s OS 7 lineup won’t be available in its entirety across all U.S. carriers until just before the holidays.