Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) is pinning its hopes on a new addition to its low-end BlackBerry range as the smartphone maker struggles to stay afloat amid vastly more successful competition from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.
Though RIM hasn’t officially dished on its new Curve 9320, due for release next month, T-Mobile U.K. hasn’t been quite so tight-lipped. It seems the British carrier leaked the device accidentally.
The Curve 9329 sports the trademark BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard with, its small buttons and touch-sensitive optical trackpad, and comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom. The phone is expected to be price below the Curve 9360, which means a touchscreen is unlikely.
The device will also feature a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key, according to TechRadar, the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system, and a new radio app. The report suggests the device is aimed at younger buyers looking for a more affordable smartphone.
So how did T-Mobile leak quite so much detail? The answer: it’s “Coming Soon” page. the Cruve 9320 was posted earlier today, alongside the Sony (NYSE:SNE) Xperia U, but was promptly removed a short while later. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we can probably expect official details from RIM sometime soon.