A leaked image of the BlackBerry Gemini 8325 has emerged, together with specs, and it's not exactly setting our hearts aflame. The unannounced RIM smartphone is believed to be the successor to the BlackBerry Curve, and seemingly takes the DNA of the 8300 and 8900 with the turgid connectivity of quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE.
Details of RIM's replacement to the BlackBerry Curve have leaked, with the handset believed to be called the BlackBerry Gemini 9300. The biggest difference between the Curve and the BlackBerry 9300 will be the inclusion of triband UMTS/HSDPA, but the handset will also include a more powerful CPU, slightly redesigned keyboard and silver casing.
RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini. Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone, complete with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad for navigation and a 2-megapixel camera.
There's also a 320 x 240 display, Bluetooth and WiFi. A microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack round out the specifications, while the battery is good for 4.5hrs of talktime or 17 days of standby. While many may scoff at the absence of high-speed cellular connectivity, the success of other 2.5G BlackBerry handsets such as the Curve 8900 shows there's still a demand for straightforward, solid messaging-centric smartphones.
Rumors have been circulating for some time now that RIM would be giving their upcoming BlackBerry Onyx smartphone an optical trackpad, and now a live photo of the device seems to confirm that it does indeed depart from the traditional trackball. From RIM's perspective the optical version is better as it requires no moving parts, is less likely to clog up with finger gunk, and should reduce in-warranty repairs.
Listen hard, and you can hear T-Mobile USA's exasperated groans all the way from Bellevue. Some sly tipster has slipped Engadget the carrier's roadmap for the remainder of 2009, and there are some juicy details in there for anybody awaiting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic), a 3G-enabled netbook, or the HTC Touch Pro2.
A pre-production BlackBerry Curve 8520 has fallen into the esteemed hands of CrackBerry, and they've done the honorable thing and thoroughly reviewed it. Intended as an entry-level handset, the EDGE-only Curve 8520 - aka the BlackBerry Gemini - isn't going to impress in the smartphone playground when it comes to features, but that doesn't stop it from being quietly competent when it comes to build and hand-feel.
Details of three new BlackBerry handsets have emerged, courtesy of the Boy Genius, all of which are believed to be 9000-series devices. The three smartphones - Onyx, Driftwood and Magnum - are all GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS handsets with GPS, cameras and QWERTY keyboards. The Onyx and Magnum are both confirmed for AT&T, while the Driftwood supports WiFi UMA and as such is predicted for a T-Mobile launch.
If you've been clutching your penny jar, waiting anxiously to buy the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and cursing your lack of a business account with T-Mobile, it's time to breath out. The Curve 8900 is now available to all customers, not just enterprise ones, with a ticket price of $199.99 after a $200 instant-rebate (hurrah!) and a $100 mail-in one (boo hiss).