Images: Hands on with the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Images: Hands on with the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Summary: ZDNet UK checks out RIM's entry-level smartphone, a handset that lacks 3G and GPS but uses a new input method and dedicated media keys

TOPICS: Networking

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  • On Monday, ZDNet UK had the chance to check out Research In Motion's latest BlackBerry, the Curve 8520.

    The smartphone is the first in RIM's line-up to use an optical trackpad for input, and the first to include dedicated media playback buttons.

    Although pricing has not yet been announced, RIM has said the entry-level handset is intended to be its cheapest yet.

  • The 8520 has softer curves than other BlackBerry smartphones. That gives it a feel that is more in line with modern handsets such as the Palm Pre, compared with other RIM handsets.

    The picture above also shows the BlackBerry's 3.5mm headphone jack and USB connector.

Topic: Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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