Embattled Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion has officially announced its new entry level Blackberry Curve handset’s arrival in US, the 9320. The question we must all ask is: does anybody care? RIM has been losing market share in the US for several years already, pretty much since the iPhone changed what people expect from their smartphones. The glut of new touchscreen enabled, app-centric smartphones has been hard on RIM and its once dominant smartphone line. To be fair, its Curve line is still popular in countries such as India, but new low-specced Windows phones from Nokia will probably push RIM out of there as well.
Most smartphone users in the US prefer to buy iPhones or Android models instead of entry level Blackberries and those who are still addicted to their crackberries will most likely end up waiting for the unveiling of the first Blackberry 10 models later this year.
However, for those who want the superb email capabilities of a Blackberry without spending too much, especially those on prepaid plans, the Curve may still be an ideal solution.
For those who fit the criteria of interested customers, the new Curve 9320 will feature BB OS 7.1, Social Feed 2.0, an FM radio, the famous Blackberry keyboard, and reports Engadget, “a 2.44-inch 320 x 240 non-touch LCD display, ‘super charged’ 1450mAh battery…and a small, lightweight 103 gram…form factor.”