Blackberry has had a rough time of it lately. Blackouts, tough competition from the newly revitalised Nokia and the ever dominant iPhone and HTC. But two announcements from RIM today may help boost the image. The launch of the new Blackberry Curve 9380 and the Bold 9790 – both sporting the new Blackberry 7 operating system, NFC compatibility (i.e. the bit of kit in your Oyster Card that allows contactless payment) and high res screens and super slim chassis.
The new curve is the first fully touch screen version in the Curve family, clearly going after the HTC and Apple market – and will be able to make the most of the new features in the updated version of the Blackberry 7 software – particularly if you are planning on flinging some angry aviary action, or cracking Words With Friends under the boardroom table.
Along with the launch of these handsets, RIM also announced a new cloud based music sharing system known as BBM Music, which will allow users to share up to 50 songs with friends through the BBM messaging system, and discover music from friends through the application.
We’ll be sure to bring you a hands on review when we can our grubby mits on one.