BlackBerry Curve 9380 – the future path for RIM?

RIM the makers of Blackberry have been giving us new phones that all seem to be following a theme, could touchscreen be the  new direction for Blackberry? The latest Bold handset will now include touchscreen technology as well as the familiar full QWERTY keypad whilst the Torch 9800 and 9810 saw the touchscreen take the lead with the keypad sliding out from behind.

 

It now seems the budget Curve range is turning touchy feely too with a complete redesign on the upcoming 9380. The latest handset no longer has the full QWERTY keypad and instead has a 3.2-inch full touchscreen set within the familiar Blackberry shape.

 

The latest BlackBerry 7 OS is on board and there is an 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM for handling multitasking. The camera has a decent resolution of 5-megapixels and includes autofocus, image stabilisation and LED flash whilst all the messaging options are supported including instant messaging. Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC support are all under the hood and the handset includes a microSD card slot for expanding the memory up to 32GB. The entertainment package includes a multimedia player, FM radio and social network services so the phone ticks most of the boxes making it good value for a budget phone.

 

So does this mean Blackberry handsets of the future will move over to full touchscreens? Is this a case of RIM finally following the pack or do you love the full QWERTY keypad design that is synonymous with Blackberry?

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