Curve officially announced

The BlackBerry 8300 has officially been announced by RIM today, after much domain name speculation yesterday. The big news for this sucker is 2 megapixel camera with integrated flash and a “next generation” media player put together by Roxio. A microSD expansion slot will be included, which should be a given for something sporting MP3, camera and full-screen video support. AT&T will be carrying the Curve this spring (and T-Mobile according to BGR), with many more carriers sure to follow. This thing is a solid follow-up to Pearl’s initial foray into the consumer world, and will be making some big waves. Full specs and features behind the jump.

Features Available
• BlackBerry® Maps
• Media Player
• Corporate Data Access 1
• Wireless Email
• Organizer
• Wireless Calendar 1
• Phone
• Wireless Internet

Size and Weight
• 4.2″/107mm (Length)
• 2.4″/60mm (Width)
• 0.6″/15.5mm (Depth)
• 3.9 oz/111g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation
• Trackball
• QWERTY (Keyboard)
• Keyboard backlighting

Voice Input/Output
• 3.5mm stereo headset capable
• Integrated earpiece/ microphone
• Built-in Speakerphone
• Headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported (Bluetooth® technology)

• Font size (user selectable)
• Color display
• Backlighting
• Light sensing screen

• Polyphonic ringtones
• Vibrate Mode
• LED indicator
• MP3 ringtones

Battery Type
• 1100 mAhr (removable/rechargeablecryptographic lithium cell)

Approximate Battery Life
• Up to 408 hours or 17 days (Standby Time)
• Up to 240 minutes or 4 hours (Talk Time 2)

• Expandable Memory - support for microSD card 3
• 64 MB (Flash Memory)

• RIM® wireless modem
• Tethered modem capability 4

Email Integrations
• Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
• Works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange
• Integrates with existing business email account
• Integrates with existing personal email account
• Integrates with optional new device account
• Includes desktop software
• Works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for IBM Lotus Domino
• Works with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Novell GroupWise 5

Accessories Included
• USB cable
• Wall Charger

Available In
• Enabled for roaming between North America and Europe/Asia Pacific

Device Security
• Password Protection and Keyboard Lock
• Support for Triple DES or AES Encryption when Integrated with BlackBerry Enterprise Server
• Pending Approval (FIPS Validation) (FIPS Validation)
• Optional Support for S/MIME

Wireless Network
• North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
• Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
• Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
• North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks
• EDGE networks 6

1 Requires a minimum version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server software
2 Based on GSMA PRD TW.09 Battery Life Measurement Technique. Actual results may vary. Network availability and coverage affect battery life and are dependent upon a number of factors, including location and transmission environment.
3 This smartphone accepts microSD cards; the amount of storage is determined by card capacity.
4 Contact your service provider for service availability and pricing
5 Requires BlackBerry Device Software v4.0 or higher.
6 Check with service provider for availability, roaming arrangements and service plans. Certain features outlined herein require a minimum version of BlackBerry software.

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5 Responses to “Curve officially announced”

  1. 1 AirTimeManager

    We have been testing a pre-release version of the 8300 for a short while now. We hope everyone appreciates that due to NDA we have to sit back tight lipped while the speculation and grainy leaked photographs make their way around the internet, but we’re convinced that the new BlackBerry 8300 will have been worth the wait.

    Read the full review at:

  2. 2 hell no

    Another great GSM device from RIM leaving cdma RIM devices 2 generations back. It’s very clear which technology is the real deal and which is the proprietary, non-global technology.

  3. 3 Darien

    Still no wifi, and the usual limited bluetooth functionality… does it support 3G?

  4. 4 Michael R

    8320 with wifi for tmo??? PLease

  5. 5 C. Waters

    I can’t be the only one who has noticed that there is no mention of ‘Spellcheck.’

    Does this mean it is not included?


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