BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 hits India via Airtel

After it was released in the US, Canada and several European markets, RIM’s BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has now reached India too.

The first ever BlackBerry clamshell smartphone is available across India thanks to Airtel, the country’s largest mobile operator, and it can be bought, from authorized channels, at the retail price of Rs. 21,990 (around $458).

Letting aside its unusual (for a BlackBerry) form factor, the 8220 brings all the features that the previous Pearl models have, and even more. 

For example, the new smartphone has two displays: a QVGA internal one, and a 128 x 160 pixels external one. Also, its SureType QWERTY keyboard is significantly larger than the ones packed by the other Pearls, this providing an enhanced texting experience.


Other features include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • HTML browser
  • DataViz document reader
  • BlackBerry Maps
  • Media player
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • A 2MP camera with flash
  • And a 1GB microSD card

RIM might also release the BlackBerry Storm in India (via Vodafone, of course), but for the moment there’s nothing official about this.


Author: Ilinca Nita

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