RIM Outs Three New BlackBerry Curve Smartphones, All Slim And Sexy

A few weeks ago, RIM introduced a smattering of new BlackBerry handsets, but one handset that was missing from the bunch was a newly designed Curve. Looks like that one was... just a bit behind the curve. (Sorry, had to do that.)

Today, however, the Canadian smartphone maker is introducing the slickest, slimmest Curve yet. The Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 are the newest trio, all of which feature BlackBerry 7 OS. No doubt, these are the first BlackBerry phones in quite some time that are downright beautiful. Boy, are they slim!

They also sport the iconic BB keyboard, GPS, Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera (with video recording), a microSD/SDHC slot and a range of powerful hardware enhancements including upgraded processors, displays and memory, and built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications). BlackBerry 7 OS also includes a number of other pre-loaded applications and integrated functionality for increased productivity and collaboration right out of the box. The Premium version of Documents To Go is included free of charge, offering users powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer.

The updated Social Feeds (2.0) app has been extended to capture updates from media, podcasts, and favorites all in one consolidated view. The new Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that makes it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time utilizing push notifications. Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones also delivers a deeply integrated experience including use of real time push notifications and Social Feeds integration.

The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones are expected to be available from carriers in Canada this month and from other carriers around the world beginning in September. Availability dates and pricing for specific devices from specific carriers will be announced in conjunction with RIM's partners.