This will be RIM's first model with dedicated media keys, which are integrated along the top of the handset, and also replaces the trademark trackball navigator with a touch-sensitive optical trackpad (think
The rest of the smartphone's features are pretty standard. The quad-band world phone offers built-in Wi-Fi, with support for T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service, so you'll be able to make calls over Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the Curve 8520 is not 3G-capable, however.
Other highlights include a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, Facebook and MySpace mobile apps, support for BlackBerry App World, and a microSD expansion slot. In addition to T-Mobile retail stores, you'll also be able to get the smartphone at Wal-Mart stores. We've already put in our request for a review unit, so check back soon for a full review.