updated 12:35 pm EDT, Mon July 5, 2010
BlackBerry Curve 9300 gets FCC approval
What is believed to be the upcoming BlackBerry Curve 9300 smartphone has received FCC approval. While the model number is unknown, the technical illustration does not exactly match the lines of the previously leaked photos of what is also expected to be the Curve 9300. The model at the FCC likely supports tri-band CDMA networks including AWS, which could mean the device is headed to MetroPCS and not just Sprint or Verizon.
Other variations of the Curve 9300 are expected, and the production models should ship with BlackBerry OS 6.0. Previous prototypes sported GSM radios with 3G data support and Wi-Fi. The device is expected to replace the 8500 and sport a 320x240 screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera and 256MB of RAM.
There is also the small possibility that the device at the FCC is the future 9800. While ship dates for the upcoming BlackBerry are unknown, it is likely to arrive soon as the FCC approval is one of the last steps required before an electronic device can go on sale in the US. [via Engadget]