BlackBerry Curve 8520 Features and Specifications

Following up on our Hands-On Review of the BlackBerry Curve 8520, below you'll find a detailed breakdown of the device's features and specifications. We nailed most of it in the review, but now we have further clarification on a few outsanding items. In regards to the new form of navigation input replacing the trackball, this document refers to it as a trackpad, which makes sense - longtime BlackBerry users will have progressed from trackwheel to trackball to trackpad. The Curve 8520 will also support UMA, which is great news for those on carriers who will likely support it (T-Mobile, Rogers...). The baseline device software is slated as version 4.6.1, which also makes sense. While at WES, we've now heard in various presentations that 5.0 software will be rolled out in the fall / August. This means that devices launching in the nearer future (9630? 8520?) will likely launch with non-5.0 software and then get the upgrade at the same time as the Bold, Curve 8900, Storm, etc.. The one key spec we're still in the dark on (missing from the list) is processor. Read on for more!

 BlackBerry Curve 8520 Features and Specifications
Size (LxWxD) 109mm x 60 mm x 13.90 mm (4.29 x 2.36 x 0.54 inches)
Weight (including
106 grams (including battery)
Memory 256MB Flash Memory
Expandable Memory Hot swappable Micro SD (located behind battery-cover). SDHC
Display  High resolution 320x240 pixel color display
Transmissive TFT LCD
Supports over 65,536 colours
2.46" (diagonally measured)
Camera  2 MP camera with Fixed focus, no Flash, 5x digital zoom 
Video Camera Format  Normal Mode: 320 x 240 pixel; MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixel 
Keyboard  35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard 
Dedicated Keys
Send, End, VAD/PTT (User customizable), Camera (User customizable),
2 x Volume
Media Keys:
1. Play / Pause/ Mute
2. Back
3. Forward
Device lock: Long press of A* key with lock icon 
Trackpad - Located on front face of device, ESC Key to the right and Menu to the left of the trackpad 
User Interface
Intuitive icons and menus 
Tone, vibrate, on-screen and LED indicator; notification options are user configurable 
32 Polyphonic - MIDI, MP3, SP-MIDI, WAV 
Voice Input / Output Integrated speaker and microphone, Hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth headset capable, Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone 
Not supported
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g enabled
Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WMM,
WMM Power Save planned
Cisco CCX certification planned
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Internet Server
Direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi
Support for UMA/GMA 
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
1) Headset (HSP)
2) Hands free (HSF)
3) Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
4) Serial Port Profile
5) SIM Access Profile
6) Dial Up Networking (DUN)
7) Audio Source (A2DP)
8) A/V Remote Control Target (AVRCP)
9) Object Push Profile (OPP) 
Media Player
BlackBerry Media Player
Video format support: DivX , DivX 5/6, XviD, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple
Profile, H.263, H.264, WMV3
Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional
AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO / WMA10, 
Micro USB port allows charging and data synchronization of the device with a USB "A" to micro-USB "B" cable 
Power Adapter
+5V DC / 500 mA AC power adapter, with interchangeable location specific plugs 
Charging Contacts
Charging through Micro USB port. No charging contacts 
1150 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell 
Battery Life
Target: 4Hours Talk and 17 days Stand by
Actual measured figures will be updated on design and test completion 
SIM Interface
Supports 1.8V & 3V SIMs 
Keyboard Security
Password protection, keyboard , and sleep mode 
Multi-Slot Class
GPRS Class 10 (Max 5 slots in total, or a combination of 4 down 2 up to a max of 5 slots at any one time.)
EGPRS Class 10 (Max 5 slots in total, or a combination of 4 down 2 up to a max of 5 slots at any one time.) 
Network Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
Quad-Band: 850/ 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz EDGE networks 
Radio Specs
Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM 900; DCS 1800; PCS 1900

Power class:
850 - Power Class 4; 850 - Power Class E2;
900(GSM) - Power Class 4; 900 - Power Class E2;
1800(DCS) - Power Class 1; 1800 - Power Class E2;
1900(PCS) - Power Class 1; 1900 - Power Class E2

Transmitting frequency: GSM 824-849 MHz; GSM 880-915 MHz; DCS
1710-1785 MHz; PCS 1850-1910 MHz

Receiving frequency: GSM 869-894 MHz; GSM 925-960 MHz; DCS
1805-1880 MHz; PCS 1930-1990 MHz

Bluetooth Radio Specifications
Single band support: ISM 2.4 GHz
Power Class: Bluetooth Class 2

Transmitting and receiving frequency: 2402 to 2480 MHz 
 AMR AMR/Narrowband Half Rate (speech mode version 3), all 6 AHR rates
AMR/Narrowband Full Rate (speech mode version 3), all 8 AFR rates 
Recommended Temperature Parameters
Handheld - Operating: 0 to 50°C / 32 to 122°F
Handheld - Storage: 10 to 30°C / 50 to 86°F, with battery
Travel charger - Operating: 0 to 45°C / 32 to 113°F 
Baseline Software Support
GPRSOS Platform 4.2.0
BlackBerry 4.6.1 Applications