BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone here soon

BlackBerry is set to release the Curve 8520 smartphone, which in Australia will be available on the Optus and Vodafone networks.

The Curve 8520 is the first BlackBerry to have a touch-sensitive trackpad, and heavy texters and emailers will be pleased that it has a QWERTY keyboard.

Other features include:

  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g)
  • Quad band EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Dedicated media keys to easy access to music and video content
  • BlackBerry Internet Service support for access for up to 10 supported email accounts
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Memory card support up to 16GB, with 32GB support when cards are available
  • Ships with 2GB memory card

Update – pricing

Optus has the Curve 8520 up on its website at the price of $379, marked as being a special, reduced from $439. It is also marked as being ‘in stock now’. Vodafone are yet to release any price details.