The first BlackBerry smartphone in Hong Kong with innovative touch-sensitive trackpad and integrated media keys

Hong Kong
– Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced
the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone in Hong Kong. The slim and
stylish handset, a new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of
smartphones, is expected to be available from 3 Hong Kong, China Mobile
Hong Kong Company Limited, PCCW mobile and SmarTone-Vodafone from early

The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 introduces an innovative touch-sensitive
trackpad which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for an
exceptional navigation experience. It is also the first BlackBerry®
smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, which are smoothly
integrated along the top of the handset giving customers an easy,
convenient way to control their music and videos.

The user-friendly BlackBerry Curve 8520 provides easy access to email,
messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking sites (including
Facebook® and MySpace), and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY
keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It is also Wi-Fi®-enabled
and includes rich multimedia capabilities with easy access to music,
games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

“The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable and
feature-rich handset that delivers all the great messaging, social
networking and multimedia features that customers have come to love
about BlackBerry smartphones. It’s an ideal choice for the first-time
smartphone user and we are very pleased to launch the BlackBerry Curve
8520 with our carrier partners in Hong Kong,” said Norm Lo, Vice
President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion.

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Additional features of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone include:

  • Easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad for reliable, responsive typing and navigation
  • 256MB Flash memory and a 512Mhz next generation processor for enhanced performance
  • Premium
    phone features including voice activated dialing and Bluetooth® (2.0)
    support for use with hands-free headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and
    other Bluetooth peripherals
  • 2 MP digital camera with zoom and video recording
  • Advanced
    media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys
    and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry® Media Sync, which
    makes it easy to quickly sync music from iTunes® or Windows Media®
    Player with the smartphone**
  • Support for BlackBerry®
    services including  access to up to 10 supported email accounts,
    including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!®, Windows
    Live™ Hotmail®, AOL® and Gmail™; and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
    support, which features advanced security and IT administration for
    corporate deployments
  • Expandable memory via hot swappable
    microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting up to 16 GB cards today and
    expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available; a 2GB
    card is included
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Quad-band world phone: EGDE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

To learn more about the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone visit: www.blackberry.com/curve8520
* Check with carriers for specific information on availability and pricing.
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies.


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