Research in Motion and T-Mobile USA are expected to show
the designed-for-consumers BlackBerry Gemini (Curve 8520)
-- at launch parties starting Monday, according speculations from invitations. Instead of the usual BlackBerry trackball, the BlackBerry Gemini has an optical trackpad powered by a mini camera.
T-Mobile's Facebook BlackBerry Elite section shows an invitation for "Night at the Movies" parties which will start on July 20 and continue for about
two weeks. It says, "Celebrate the launch of the new mystery device at a local theater with us and stick around for the movie afterward. The ad suggests attendees will be see a movie,
have a chance at to win $1,000 in prizes and get some BlackBerry related promotions.
The Gemini does not use 3G but the slower EDGE wireless data band but has Wi-Fi. It is expected to cater to the popular-consumer entry-level BlackBerry audience. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a 2 megapixel camera, 320 x 240 pixel screen (smaller than Bold).
There have been reports that the BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be available at Walmart on August 5