RIM (Research In Motion) has expanded its popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones with its new BlackBerry Curve 8520, which the company claims as the first BlackBerry smartphone to sport dedicated media keys that provides users an easy, convenient way to control their favorite music and videos, featuring rich multimedia capabilities and an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad navigation for easy scrolling through menus, icons and info.

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“People increasingly expect a rich, diverse experience with their phones because they’re using them in new and different ways,” commented Travis Warren, director of product marketing, T-Mobile USA. “Adding the BlackBerry Curve 8520 to the T-Mobile line-up gives our customers a phone capable of helping bring balance to the chaotic demands of a busy professional and personal life

Impressive highlights of BlackBerry Curve 8520:

  • Clear 2.64-inch Transmisive TFT MCD with 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • Highly tactile full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad for reliable, responsive typing and navigation
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and voice activated dialing function
  • 256MB Flash memory and next-generation 512Mhz processor for enhanced performance
  • 2 megapixel camera with zoom and video recording capability
  • Advanced media player with dedicated media keys and 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • BlackBerry Media Sync to quickly sync music from iTunes or Windows Media Player with the smartphone
  • Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for T-Mobile Unlimited Hotspot Calling service
  • Easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) as well as popular social networking sites (such as Facebook and MySpace)
  • BlackBerry Internet Service support for access to up to 10 supported email accounts, including Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL and Gmail
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server support provides advanced security and IT administration features for corporate deployments
  • MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot supports up to 16 GB
  • Supports BlackBerry App World
  • 1150 mAHr cryptographic Lithium cell battery supports up to 4.5 hours of talk time or up to 17 days of standby time
  • Size: 4.29 (H) x 2.36 (W) x 0.54 (D) inches ; Weight: 3.73 ounces (106 grams)

“More and more cell phone users are choosing to upgrade to a smartphone and the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 will undoubtedly convince many more people to make the switch. It delivers all the great messaging, social networking and multimedia features that have made BlackBerry the top-selling smartphone brand in the United States,” said Carlo Chiarello, vice president, product management, RIM. “T-Mobile customers are going to love how easy it is to keep in touch on Facebook and MySpace and the full-QWERTY keyboard is amazingly fast and comfortable for typing on the go.”

The new slim BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone that available in black and frost colors will hit T-Mobile retail stores, Walmart Stores and select authorized dealers starting August 5, 2009 for around $130 on a 2-year service contract.