Blackberry 8520 Hitting T-Mobile Shelves on August 5th

By: Shawn July 24th, 2009

We had our suspicions that the Blackberry 8520 (Gemini) would be launching on August 5th, and with our newest screenshot surfacing, we can’t help but to confirm that 12 days from the time this is posted, you will be able to pick up your updated version of the Blackberry Curve. With Wifi, a new Optical Track Ball, 3.5mm Headset Jack, QWERTY keyboard, and of course so much more, the Curve 8520 will be an excellent entry level Blackberry for those who “need to balance work and life, while effortlessly staying connected to those who matter most.”

Of course this is not the first Blackberry 8250-related screenshot we have seen. More Screenshots and Specs after the jump! Only a few days ago, we spotted an internal promotional screenshot for the upcoming 8250:

Excited for this device yet? So are we! While it is obviously not a leap forward in high-end Blackberry devices, it is a step in the right direction from T-Mobile and Blackberry. You can pick up the 8520 in any T-Mobile store on August 5th, or at your local Walmart. Not interested in the Curve 8520? Your not alone! Check out all of T-Mobile’s Upcoming Handsets and Devices here!

Want more? Check out some specs for the Blackberry that is heading our way:

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
106 grams (including battery)
Memory 256MB Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Hot swappable Micro SD (located behind battery-cover). SDHC
Display High resolution 320×240 pixel color display
Transmissive TFT LCD
Supports 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 Volume
Media 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 Simple
Profile, 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 battery
Travel charger – Operating: 0 to 45°C / 32 to 113°F
Baseline Software Support GPRSOS Platform 4.2.0
BlackBerry 4.6.1 Applications

Specs thanks to

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    nice phone but is a shame its only on edge.

  3. gemaster34 on July 24th, 2009 4:58 pm

    You called this the wrong name, it’s the Blackberry Curve 8520, not the Blackberry 8250. But, yeah, t-mobile is really making a broad selection of devices from low-end to high-end of course, mid-end being in between which this one will probably be

  4. Nwahs on July 24th, 2009 6:42 pm

    Yessir, thanks for the heads up, you are correct.

    I’m still waiting for that 3G Blackberry, but it will come soon enough…

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