Some of the cheapest BlackBerry 7 smartphones, the Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 have just been officially announced in Thailand.
According to Research In Motion (RIM), both smartphones will be available for purchase through authorized partners and distributors across the country.
RIM failed to offer any details on pricing options, but it mentioned that only Curve 9220 would go on sale in Thailand starting this week, while the Curve 9320’s availability will be announced “in conjunction with RIM’s distribution and carrier partners.”
The new BlackBerry Curve 9320
and Curve 9220 smartphones are powered by the latest BlackBerry 7.1 operating system, which has yet to arrive on all upgradable smartphones.
Both smartphones offer the usual pack of social apps and services, but also come with a new dedicated BBM key, which sets them apart from other BlackBerry 7 devices.
Software-wise, the handsets are packed with apps for Facebook and Twitter, as well as the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, which allows users to post updates to multiple social networks at the same time and capture updates from RSS feeds, social apps and instant messaging apps.
It is also worth mentioning that Curve 9220
and 9320 include Parental Controls, which is a new on-device feature that provides parents and guardians simple options to help protect children by restricting access to specific functions, features and apps.
In addition, BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with Mobile Hotspot support, but this feature is carrier-dependent.
Last but not least, these smartphones are powered by long-lasting batteries, able to provide users with up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours of music playback or FM radio listening with headphones.
“The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220 smartphones offer truly unique and compelling messaging and social networking experiences for mobile users in Thailand. We believe that Thai customers will also appreciate the ease-of-use and affordability of these new models
,” said Nicholas Horton, managing director, Indochina at RIM.