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T-Mobile introduces RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520

T-Mobile reveals the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520, which features an optical trackpad and dedicated music controls.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 T-Mobile

On Monday, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of its latest smartphone, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520. The Curve 8520 is slated for release on August 5 for $129.99 with a two-year contract and will come in two colors: frost or black.

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 Samsung Omnia). Also of note, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 touts Mac compatibility out of the box (via desktop software).

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.