This post collates all relevant updates on the availability of BlackBerry Curve 3G in the Philippines.
UPDATE as of November 3, 2010 --
BlackBerry Curve 3G has been officially launched in the Philippines. It should be available in the market sometime this month. Watch TechPinas' Exclusive Interview with Greg Wade, RIM Managing Director for Asia Pacific, about Curve 3G and BlackBerry phones in Philippine Telenovelas. :)
Last June 3, TP showed you the leaked photo of the latest iteration to RIM's highly popular Curve line, the then-named Blackberry Curve 9300.
Today, we're telling you that that phone has just been officially announced in the US under the name Blackberry Curve 3G.
Blackberry Curve 3G looks almost identical to the Curve model it succeeded, the Blackberry Curve 8520. The two share the same dimensions, keypad design and even screen size. Design-wise, the most pronounced difference between the two is the chrome-rim of Curve 3G (vs. all too plasticky lining of 8520) -- which gives the new handset that sturdy and at the same time, elegant look.
Here are the specifications of BlackBerry Curve 3G:
Blackberry 6 Operating System
2.64 inches TFT screen, 65K colors, 320 x 240 pixels
Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
2 MP Camera, 1600x1200 pixels
microSD (TransFlash), up to 32GB
256 MB memory
GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
Check out the Official Press Shots:
I got to talk to the Blackberry Account Supervisor of RIM's PR agency in the Philippines this afternoon and she told me that there's no word yet on Blackberry Curve 3G's availability in the country. She nonetheless promised to keep us posted on news and updates about the device.
TechPinas will update this post as more info on Blackberry Curve 3G come out.
Blackberry Curve 8520 entered the Philippine market in Q4 2009 with a price tag of around Php 17,000 free of contract. Hopefully, BlackBerry Curve 3G will have a similar (if not an even lower) price point if and when it lands here.