BlackBerry Curve 9300 for sale on Rogers

We knew a BlackBerry Curve 9300 was at least being tested in the labs over at Waterloo, but according to RIM the new low end QWERTY still doesn’t exist yet…..

The BlackBerry Curve 9300 hasn’t been announced by RIM yet, and we’re pretty sure the company wants all eyes on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider for the time being. But Canadian network Rogers is now selling the BlackBerry Curve 9300 on a three year plan, and is kind enough to provide an image and specs.

While the BlackBerry Curve 9300 packs the optical trackpad and island keyboard of the Curve 8520, plus the same poxy two megapixel camera, it packs two new features that solve most of the problems we had with the 8520. First up, 3G is now onboard for faster web surfing, and GPS is now included, so there’s no danger of getting lost.

The BlackBerry Curve 9300 also seems to have been given a repaint, coming in the black and chrome finish of a BlackBerry Curve 8900 rather than the matte colours of last year’s model.

If you’re wondering what the point of a more expensive BlackBerry Bold 9700 is at this point, we don’t blame you. While we can’t be sure, we’d guess it’ll still have a higher resolution screen than the BlackBerry Curve 9300, and it’s been confirmed to run Blackberry 6. Will the BlackBerry Curve 9300? We can’t say for sure.

he 9300 is essentially the Curve reborn…again x2. Besides some minor cosmetic changes, it’s the exact same phone save for two fairly big upgrades: a new trackpad replaces the old trackball and 3G. Yes. The 9300 will be the first GSM Curve to receive the 3G treatment. It’s been a long time coming (frankly, too long). But even those who need a no-nonsense, low end BlackBerry for basic email can now do so with faster 3G data and move past the maintenance troubles (read: dust nightmares) that plagued the trackball of Curve’s past.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 that’s up and dancing on Rogers’ website right now with a $79.99 Canadian price tag on a three-year contract? We’re looking at a quad-band GSM and HSDPA 850/1900/2100 candybar with 802.11n WiFi, GPS, 256MB of RAM, a 2 megapixel camera, microSD expansion (2GB in the box), and 2.4-inch display throwing 320 x 240 pixels. And no, that’s not the latest and greatest OS which makes us wonder about the possibility for a BlackBerry 6 upgrade. Maybe T-Mobile USA would like to say something, anything?


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