RIM started off the day in a big way, showing off five of its latest smartphones. A few weeks ago, one of the company’s co-CEOs divulged that it had seven such devices lined-up for release this year. At the time, we made our guesses as to what would make up that seven, based on the rumors we’ve heard of in-development BlackBerrys. One of those smartphones that made our list but was absent today is the Curve 9360. Despite the lack of inclusion, it looks like the 9360 is still being prepped for launch, showing up in a series of new pics.
These images show more of what we’ve come to expect form this latest generation of RIM hardware, slimming down phone its phone designs. The 9360 largely maintains the design of the Curve 3G 9330, but looks like it does so in a slightly more petite form. The presence of a SIM card sets the model up for service on a GSM carrier (we have no reason to suspect it’d be a SIM for LTE – that’d be the 9370).
If the 9360’s still on-track, why didn’t we hear about it today, and just when is it planned for release? An old T-Mobile roadmap had the phone down for a release on August 31, but its estimation for the 9900’s release doesn’t look to fit with the most recent information we’ve seen; the 9360’s launch date could have similarly changed since the leak was published. We’ll be looking for RIM to have something to say about the new Curve sometime in the next few weeks it really needs to move this month, if it’s to avoid all the competition this fall is about to visit upon smartphones.
Source: One Mobile Ring