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T-Mobile announces RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone

Snapshot by Brian James Kirk on Monday July 27, 2009.

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T-Mobile and Research In Motion have announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, RIM's newest device in the company's line of BlackBerry capable consumer and corporate smartphones. The Curve 8520 features global band support, a QVGA resolution display, multimedia capabilities, and a traditional full-QWERTY form factor.

The 8520 features quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) support with EDGE data connectivity. It also includes WiFi technology for high-speed local data networks. Built on a speedy 512MHz processor, the Curve 8520 should snappily navigate through BlackBerry's attractive new operating system, which should likewise look nice on its 2.64-inch 65k color 320 x 240 TFT pixel display.

Users can send text and email messages to friends family and business colleagues as the device has support for an impressive number of email services, like Yahoo!, Windows Live, Gmail, and more, along with BlackBerry's secure and capable BlackBerry Enterprise Server support. A full-QWERTY keyboard and an innovative optical joystick "trackpad" will help send those messages off in a dash.

While a work powerhouse, the Curve 8520 also has consumer entertainment benefits, like a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. With a built-in media player, users can listen to music through wireless headphones since it supports Bluetooth v2.0 support with +EDR and A2DP, or they can plug in standard 3.5mm stereo headphones. They can store music and data in 256MB of on-board Flash memory or on a microSDHC memory card. And there will be plenty of time to stay entertained: RIM says the 8520's 1150mAh batter will supply 4.5 hours of talk time or 17 days standby.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be available in black and frost color schemes on August 5 for $129.99 with a two-year customer agreement and a qualifying data plan.

Specifications for the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520
Operating System BlackBerry OS
Processor 512MHz
Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Size 109mm x 60mm x 14mm (4.29in x 2.36in x 0.54in)
Weight 106g (3.7oz)
Battery 1150mAh
Battery Life 4.5 hours estimated talk time
17 days estimated standby time
Main Display 2.64-inch 65k color 240 x 320 pixel TFT
Camera 2.0 megapixel
Video Record/Playback
Messaging SMS/MMS/IM
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo
Memory 256MB internal, microSDHC(INFO) card slot
Availability August 5
Other 3.5mm audio port, BlackBerry Media Sync, BlackBerry App World


Desperado @ 6:31:25AM EST on Friday January 7, 2011

Been having it close to 2 weeks now. Was very happy with the 8520, a great phone considering the price etc. until a few days ago when suddenly the trackpad started to freeze after a requested update. It froze again today. On both occasions it took about ten minutes before it started to work again. Went through a couple of BB forums and it seems that this is indeed a known problem with the device. I hope people at RIM can do something about it. What a shame for an otherwise good phone!

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