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The New Blackberry Curve 8520 Coming Soon?

So RIM has been on a real hot streak recently.  They have been releasing a lot of phones recently, with the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900 no one can say they haven't been able to get their fix and now it looks like they are releasing another Blackberry phone.

This one is set to be a "low-end" phone.  The new phone, Blackberry Curve 8520, looks to be released in the next few months as it is in testing phase now.  The new Curve will be an upgrade to the old 8300 line but won't be as full featured as the higher end Curve 8900.

There was a full review done over at Crackberry with a testing unit.  They down a full review and include that the specs for the phone are:

  • Edge device
  • 320 by 240 display
  • 256 megabytes of internal memory (same as 8900)
  • 1150mAh battery
  • 2 megapixel camera, no flash

Alright so there aren't many specs known at this point, but the phone is still in testing so more feature might become available later one.  Some interesting things mentioned in the article though about the Curve 8520 are

  • No flash for the camera
  • No charging pins
  • No standard trackball

The above features all seem like they will be missing from the Blackberry Curve 8520.  Most notably the trackball has been replaced by an optical trackball.  Basically they got rid of the ball and made it a sensor.  According to the article the implementation of it on the Curve 8520 seems to be pretty smooth.  

Also another new feature is dedicated media buttons to play and pause your music on the phone.

The phone's casing is also "rubberized" which should make it a little more resistant to being dropped.  

So the big question now are when will it be released?  The fact that it is now being tested does show that it shouldn't be too much longer.  Hopefully sooner then later we will be able to see this lower end Blackberry cell phone hit the market to give people another option.

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