Now, either RIM has codenamed this latest leaked BlackBerry “Gemini” because they’re supposed to come as a pair or there’s something slightly fishy and more than a little confusing now that the name has moved onto this, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 rather than the 9300.
Whatever its handle, this is definitely a BlackBerry and definitely a different looking handset to most RIM jobs. It’s Wi-Fi enabled but missing 3G like the 8900 before it but the real thing to note here is that the trackball has been replaced by an optical pad. Bad move says I. I had a look at an HP iPaq with a similar take on navigation. It completely ruined a perfectly good device. Be careful, RIM.
Otherwise, it’s a good looking full QWERTY phone in that whole I’ve-just-squashed-my-mobile-under-a-steam-roller kind of BlackBerry way, but if you’re into that then look no further. What the hell is up, though, with this lack of 3G going on with the Curves? Does it really make them that much cheaper? Really?
And while we’re here, isn’t that the same carpet used as the background for the T-Mobile G1 photo leak?
It looks as if RIM is lining up its next BlackBerry on the world. The 9300, codenamed “Gemini”, thankfully returns to the world of 3G. Other details gleaned include a larger, higher resolution screen than the BlackBerry 8900, better CPU, more rounded keyboard but with overall similar styling to the 8900 and Storm, and likely to have both Wi-Fi and GPS.
The bad news is that it may not be available for another year. That’s the problem with all this speculation — lots of pictures and likely specs, but not so much as a sniff of the handset for aeons…