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RIM announced new BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300)

Yesterday, Research in Motion (RIM) introduced the latest BlackBerry that will hit the market, the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300).

BlackBerry Curve 3G Launch

It’s not just a 3G version of the widely popular and affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 which would be the Curve 8530, but the 9300 has a few improvements internally. I think this should be called BlackBerry Bold Lite instead and reserve the 3G tag to the 8530.

BlackBerry Curve 3G front

Anyway, the BlackBerry Curve 3G has the same size and display as the Curve 8520 but obviously, the Curve 3G supports 3G connection, has a GPS system and a slightly faster 624MHz processor. Aside from that, everything’s the same, the 2mp fixed-focus camera as well as entertainment features.

BlackBerry Curve 3G back

On the outside however, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 looks just like the trusty Curve 8520, at the front at least. Quick way to differentiate it from the ordinary Curve is the rubbery textured back panel which I think is a nice touch compared to the 8520’s plastic back.

The BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available this month with BlackBerry 5 installed. However, once BlackBerry 6 comes out in the coming months, you can easily upgrade this phone. Something that the Curve 8520 can’t handle.

As for pricing, BlackBerry is still in talks with our three major carriers but expect the price to land smack in the middle of the Curve 8520 and the Bold 9700. Php16-20k maybe.

Think the 3G, GPS and BB 6 support will compel Curve 8520 users to upgrade?

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