RIM has launched a new BlackBerry smartphone. Th 8300, which is also know as the Curve, is due out this spring (individual carriers will announce prices and timings).

The Curve is the latest in RIM's series of QWERTY keyboard-equipped BlackBerry smartphones. It comes with a 320 x 240 LCD display, Bluetooth 2.0 support, quad-band operation, web access, and RIM's e-mail support and Enterprise Server connectivity. RIM said that the Curve would be different from other QWERTY models thanks to a "liquid silver" finish and a more lightweight design, by being slimmer than the 8700 and 8800 models and weighs less than either at 3.9 ounces.

Like the 8800 series and the Pearl, the Curve sports a mini trackball in its centre instead of the jog wheel found on older BlackBerry smartphones. It also includes a 2.0-megapixel digital camera with built-in flash and can play multimedia files including music and videos, and supports A2DP/AVRCP Bluetooth profiles so you can use the Curve with a Bluetooth stereo headset. The Curve also sports a microSD expansion slot for users to store 2GB of additional data, including music, videos and pictures.