T-Mobile getting the Blackberry 8520 Curve "Gemini" in Q4

Posted on 08. May, 2009 by in Tech News


According to Crackberry & BGR the Blackberry 8520 Curve will be available through T-Mobile USA by Q4 2009. What makes the 8520 different from others is it’s optical trackball and cool media buttons on the top. We don’t have a price yet, but the 8520 will be considered  a low budget device.  This new device about to come out in public has no 3G, no flash (2.0 Megapixel Camera) but has Wi-Fi. So RIM is coming out with all sorts of devices but still can’t pack all good features in ONE. I guess that’s part of their marketing strategy. Crackberry Kevin was able to get a full chart of the BlackBerry Curve 8520’s features and specifications.  Let us know what you think about the device and if an optical trackball will make you take the jump. Below are the specs leaked for the 8520 Curve “Gemini”.

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Features and Specifications   



Size (LxWxD) 109mm x 60 mm x 13.90 mm (4.29 x 2.36 x 0.54 inches)
Weight (including battery) 106 grams (including battery)
Memory 256MB Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Hot swappable Micro SD (located behind battery-cover). SDHC supported.
Display High resolution 320×240 pixel color display Transmissive TFT LCDSupports over 65,536 colours

2.46? (diagonally measured)

Camera 2 MP camera with Fixed focus, no Flash, 5x digital zoom
Video Camera Format Normal Mode: 320 x 240 pixel; MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixel
Keyboard 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard
Dedicated Keys Send, End, VAD/PTT (User customizable), Camera (User customizable), 2 x VolumeMedia Keys:

1. Play / Pause/ Mute

2. Back

3. Forward

Device lock: Long press of A* key with lock icon

Navigation Trackpad – Located on front face of device, ESC Key to the right and Menu to the left of the trackpad
User Interface Intuitive icons and menus
Notification Tone, vibrate, on-screen and LED indicator; notification options are user configurable
Ringtones 32 Polyphonic – MIDI, MP3, SP-MIDI, WAV
Voice Input / Output Integrated speaker and microphone, Hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth headset capable, Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone
GPS Not supported
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g enabled Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WMM,WMM Power Save planned

Cisco CCX certification planned

Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Internet Server

Direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi

Support for UMA/GMA

Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR 1) Headset (HSP)2) Hands free (HSF)

3) Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)

4) Serial Port Profile

5) SIM Access Profile

6) Dial Up Networking (DUN)

7) Audio Source (A2DP)

8 ) A/V Remote Control Target (AVRCP)

9) Object Push Profile (OPP)

Media Player BlackBerry Media Player Video format support: DivX , DivX 5/6, XviD, MPEG4 Part 2 SimpleProfile, H.263, H.264, WMV3

Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional

AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO / WMA10,

Ports Micro USB port allows charging and data synchronization of the device with a USB “A” to micro-USB “B” cable
Power Adapter +5V DC / 500 mA AC power adapter, with interchangeable location specific plugs
Charging Contacts Charging through Micro USB port. No charging contacts
Battery 1150 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell
Battery Life Target: 4Hours Talk and 17 days Stand by Actual measured figures will be updated on design and test completion
SIM Interface Supports 1.8V & 3V SIMs
Keyboard Security Password protection, keyboard , and sleep mode
Multi-Slot Class GPRS Class 10 (Max 5 slots in total, or a combination of 4 down 2 up to a max of 5 slots at any one time.) EGPRS Class 10 (Max 5 slots in total, or a combination of 4 down 2 up to a max of 5 slots at any one time.)
Network Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks Quad-Band: 850/ 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz EDGE networks
Radio Specs  Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM 900; DCS 1800; PCS 1900 

Power class:

850 – Power Class 4; 850 – Power Class E2;

900(GSM) – Power Class 4; 900 – Power Class E2;

1800(DCS) – Power Class 1; 1800 – Power Class E2;

1900(PCS) – Power Class 1; 1900 – Power Class E2

Transmitting frequency: GSM 824-849 MHz; GSM 880-915 MHz; DCS

1710-1785 MHz; PCS 1850-1910 MHz

Receiving frequency: GSM 869-894 MHz; GSM 925-960 MHz; DCS

1805-1880 MHz; PCS 1930-1990 MHz

Bluetooth Radio Specifications

Single band support: ISM 2.4 GHz

Power Class: Bluetooth Class 2

Transmitting and receiving frequency: 2402 to 2480 MHz




AMR AMR/Narrowband Half Rate (speech mode version 3), all 6 AHR rates AMR/Narrowband Full Rate (speech mode version 3), all 8 AFR rates
Recommended Temperature Parameters Handheld – Operating: 0 to 50°C / 32 to 122°F Handheld – Storage: 10 to 30°C / 50 to 86°F, with batteryTravel charger – Operating: 0 to 45°C / 32 to 113°F
Baseline Software Support GPRSOS Platform 4.2.0 BlackBerry 4.6.1 Applications

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