Expected to launch sometime in July, the handset code-named ,"The next-gen Curve", or "The BlackBerry Curve 2011" is the subject of a 7 minute video. The handset is actually named the BlackBerry Apollo and is one of the few non-touchscreen
devices that is expected to launch soon by RIM.
Certainly not a high end device by any stretch of the imagination, the specs are still an improvement
from past Curve models and even the handset design is a step up. The BlackBerry Apollo is said to feel great in the hand with a thinner design and a wider, spaced out QWERTY. While not a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the 800MHz Marvell
Tavor MG-1 chip gets things done. And don't forget that the BlackBerry OS 7 offers up graphics acceleration. The display weighs in at a resolution of 360 x 480. As RIM had promised, the Apollo has NFC connectivity which means that soon you will be using your handset to pay for that cup of Joe that you get every morning.
Not everything is sunshine and puppies with this model. While there is a 5MP camera in back, it will not capture video at 720p like the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will. The battery, at 1,000mAh, seems a bit on the light side for a modern smartphone and the buttons and keyboard were characterized as being stiff when compared to past Curve models.
So far, the only officially announced BlackBerry 7 OS device is the Bold 9900 which could launch in July or August. That would suggest a release for the Apollo when leaves are falling off the trees and the NFL season has already kicked off (assuming a settlement of the strike). In the meantime, there is this video that you can watch again and again. And no, there is nothing wrong with your hearing. This video is not in English.