The lower-spec Curve we mentioned this morning was confirmed by RIM - the Curve 8520 will launch on UK networks at the beginning of August.
Unlike the Bold and the Storm, the Curve won't have 3G internet - like its predecessor the Curve 8900, it'll be on slower EDGE data speeds. Wi-Fi enabled however, so you're good if you're in a hotspot. It's being pitched as an entry-level 'Berry, but still has all the tasty features that make BlackBerrys the choice over iPhones (at least for some) - the full QWERTY keyboard that makes for the best email and messaging around, Media Sync to grab music from iTunes, one-click access to BlackBerry App World where there's a growing range of third-party apps, plus push email on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, as well as support for 10 webmail accounts.
Preloaded apps include the requisite social networking portfolio - Facebook, MySpace - as well as instant messengers Windows Live and the BlackBerry Messenger. The Curve 8520 is quad-band, packs a typically unimpressive two-meg snapper, plus 256MB of storage with 2GB microSD card.
In a first, the BlackBerry trackball has been replaced with a optical touch-pad. We'll see how that goes down with BB faithfuls.