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Budget-friendly BlackBerry Curve 9320 now official

Comes with a dedicated BBM key and FM radion
by Neps Firmalan | May 10, 2012
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Remember the BlackBerry Curve 9320 that was leaked back in March? Well, RIM has finally made the handset official. It doesn't really blow us away in terms of specs but hey, we think it's supposedly a budget-friendly offering so yeah, that is to be expected.

The Curve 9320 sports a 2.44-inch (320 x 240 pixels) display, 512MB of RAM, and up to 32GB of capacity via microSD. It also comes with a dedicated BBM key which gives instant to Blackberry Messenger. In the imaging department, this one has basic 3.2-megapixel shooter with no front-facing camera. Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G and BlackBerry OS 7.1 are also part of the package. Details on the CPU are scant but we're thinking it'll pack a 600Mhz or 800Mhz chip. As you can see, it really isn't an upgrade to the Curve 9860 that was unveiled locally late last year. The good news is it comes with a larger battery (1450mAh) which RIM says is good for 7 hours of talk time or up to 30 hours FM radio play time. Yep, it comes with a built-in radio tuner, not that it's a big deal. On the software side, the handset is run by Blackberry OS 7.1

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The Curve 9320 will be available in the UK starting March 14 with an SRP of £139.99 (around $225 or P9,500) from PAYG. Pretty cheap for a 'berry, no? We still have no word on local availability but a Philippine arrival in the next few months is not a far-fetched idea considering how RIM is also focusing on the SEA region for its efforts. If ever it arrives, an SRP of P9,500 to P10,500 looks to be just about right.

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