The BlackBerry Curve 8910 is the latest emailer being cooked up in RIM’s R&D dungeons right now, and official filings have just hit the web, confirming a release in the near future. But what’s RIM thinking? This one’s got the new trackpad and a new keyboard, but no 3G.
Pictures of the BlackBerry Curve 8910 first leaked out a week ago. Powered off, it looks the biz, combining the optical trackpad of the new Bold 9700 and Curve 8520, and the island keyboard of the classic 8900.
But there’s bad news: the BlackBerry Curve 8910 has just been filed for approval with US communications body the FCC, and while its GSM rather than CDMA radio suggests it’s likely to get a UK release, there’s no 3G for even bearable browsing speeds with the creaky BlackBerry browser.
That’s a real shame when even the tiny Pearl 9100 is rumoured to have 3G. We’re not even sure how RIM can argue 2G net speeds save on battery life anymore, since it’s had well over a year to improve on the stamina of the original 8900 now, and has done with other new BlackBerrys.
Still, if you just have to have a BlackBerry with the Curve style keyboard, we’d expect RIM to make the BlackBerry Curve 8910 official very soon.