BlackBerry manufacture Research in Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone.
The BlackBerry 8520 device is the first to feature a touch-sensitive ‘trackpad’, replacing the pre-existing and problematic roller ball used to navigate the menu. The device will be available from August.
The 8520 will also include new ways to control the MP3 and video player, with the introduction of external media buttons along the top of the device for greater control, instead of access via the main menu.
Other features include Wi-Fi, full QWERTY keyboard, two-megapixel camera, including video and a 256MB of memory, which can be expanded to 16MB using a micro SD card and will support up to 32GB when next generation MicroSD cards are launched later this year.
The device retains existing BlackBerry email and internet capabilities, including the ability to sync up to 10 different email addresses to the device, but will not include GPS.
It will be available in black, violet and silver.
Carriers and details on pricing are yet to be confirmed, although it is expected to be available on all networks and be aimed at the lower end of the handset price market.
RIM vice president of product management Carlo Chiarello said: “More and more cell phone users are choosing to upgrade to a smartphone and the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 will undoubtedly convince many more people in the UK to make the switch.
“It is a great new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series and delivers all the great messaging, social networking and multimedia features that customers have come to love about BlackBerry smartphones.”