Last month, we saw two unreleased BlackBerry handsets show up in the BlackBerry App World developer portal. The Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 have yet to be formally announced by RIM, even though we’ve been able to learn a good deal about what to expect from them. Today, RIM posted some additional specs for the pair on its Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog.
It’s unusual for unannounced smartphones to be so casually referred-to by their manufacturers, but apparently RIM has no problem letting people know about this pair. This time around, it wanted to alert developers to the display characteristics of the phones, including screen size and pixel density. The company has also updated its simulation tools to support these two models.
Both BlackBerrys share a 360 x 480 resolution, but their differing display sizes result in a big swing in pixel density, from 189ppi with the Curve 9380 up to 245ppi on the Bold 9790 with its 2.44-inch screen.
The 9790 is more or less Bold 9900 hardware, supposed to include a 1.2GHz CPU and NFC support. The 9380 goes the full-touch route, having no hardware QWERTY keyboard (and explaining the need for a larger display), and likely containing an 800MHz chip.