RIM has revealed that it is set to release its new mid-range Curve 9360 just weeks after the company launched its high-end Torch 9810, 9850 and Bold 9900 handsets.

The 2.44 inch Curve will run on the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 and will boast a QWERTY keyboard with a touch-sensitive optical trackpad. The smartphone will be powered by an 800MHz processor and will arrive with a 5 MP, 2592?1944 pixels, LED flash camera, compared to the previous Curves.

The device will also arrive with a 1000 mAhr removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with talk time up to 5 hours and music playback up to 25 hours. The featured applications will include YouTube, Flixster for information about top movies, Vlingo, a voice app that will work as a personal assistant, and BlackBerry Protect designed to keep information secured if the device goes missing.

The new BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service connected to apps will enable the user to invite friends to download the same. The next generation BlackBerry OS 7 is expected to deliver the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry experience to date. NFC (near field communication) has also been provided.

The device is set for an August 29 release.