That rumor about the first BlackBerry clamshell being announced today turned out to be true after all. RIM just issued an official press release with information regarding the BlackBerry Pearl 8220‘s initial launch.
Officially called the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, that clamshell smartphone we all knew as the BlackBerry Kickstart will be a quadband GSM EDGE based handset weighing in at only 3.6 ounces. It features both an internal and external LCD screen, and measures approximately 3.9” x 1.9” x 0.7”.
Despite its diminutive size, however, RIM’s President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis says it is “a full-featured smartphone with a unique and friendly design and it is a natural choice for flip phone users who want to start doing more with their phone than just talk.”
Its best assets include a large SureType QWERTY keyboard, integrated access to BlackBerry wireless services, on-the-go document viewing and editing, as well as tight integration with corporate e-mail systems.
It’s not all work and all play, too, since it also features a built-in 2 megapixel camera, music player with 11 preset equalizer settings, support for up to 16GB microSDHC memory cards, and USB 2.0 connectivity.
Worldwide availability is scheduled for this year’s fall, with T-Mobile being the exclusive US carrier when it launches initially. No word on pricing yet.
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