Budget friendly BlackBerry announced.
It is RIM official announcement time, so just what handset will it unveil that we’ve already had leaked months ago?
In this case we get the ‘BlackBerry Curve 8520’ – also known as the Blackberry Gemini – which we first had leaked in early May. So just the 11 weeks ahead of schedule which actually means company security is improving!
Far more importantly however is the fact the Gemini looks an excellent entry level smartphone which combines modest specs (2.64in LCD with QVGA screen resolution, WiFi, 2MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, video recording) with the usual smart RIM styling and some good battery life (4.5 hours talk time, up to 17 days on standby). You’ll find 256MB of native memory which can be augmented via the microSDHC expansion slot (32GB compatible) and the latest version of the tasty Blackberry OS which supports up to 10 email accounts. Major omissions are 3G and GPS.
At just 109 x 60 x 13.9mm and 106g the Gemini is pocket friendly however and you’ll find pretty decent codec support for the likes of MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF and WBMP. Those with an eye for detail will also spot the optical trackpad which replaces the standard trackball – whether this is a one-off or the beginning of a change for all BlackBerrys remains to be seen.
We’re still awaiting the all crucial carrier details but the BlackBerry Gemini will go on sale in August and I’ll expect even moderate monthly contracts should land it for free…