Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/05/blackberry_curve_8520/

Upcoming 'Gemini' BlackBerry Curve not 3G after all

Sorry...

By James Sherwood

Posted in Phones, 5th May 2009 15:01 GMT

Images of what’s thought to be Research in Motion’s next BlackBerry Curve have, unfortunately, revealed that the phone actually doesn’t actually support 3G as originally thought.

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The BlackBerry Curve 8520
Images courtesy of Crackberry

Suggestions that the upcoming Curve - codenamed 'Gemini' - would be a 3G device were made earlier this year. But a shot of Gemini's 'About' menu’s revealed that it only caters for Edge and Wi-Fi connections - very disappointing.

The phone is also called the 8520, instead of 9300 as previously thought.

Nonetheless, additional images reveal that the Curve 8520’s shaping up to be quite a sexy phone.

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3G seems to have been left out

Its most notable feature is an “optical trackball” which replaces the Curve family's traditional physical trackball.

Dedicated media player buttons have been laid out across the phone’s top, and a camera’s built into the rear.

The top end, sides and part of the back have been rubberised, which could be handy – literally. RIM’s also taken the opportunity to slap a “Curve” logo into the 8520’s rubber.

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An optical trackpad and dedicated media buttons feature

The firm’s yet to officially acknowledge the Curve 8520’s existence, so a launch date or pricing information’s not available. ®