Research in Motion has unveiled its first, long-awaited BlackBerry
smartphone in a clamshell format.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, announced yesterday, is part of RIM's more consumer-oriented product
line. Once an almost entirely enterprise-oriented company, the
Canadian manufacturer now sells about as many handsets to consumers
as to business customers.
The quad-band, Edge-based Flip weighs just over 100g, and
measures 99mm by 48mm by 17.8mm. It has two colour displays: one
240-by-320-pixel internal screen, and a smaller, external LCD for
alerting the user to incoming emails, text messages and phone
calls. The phone takes microSD/SDHC cards of up to 16GB
The device's 900mAh battery will provide four hours of talk
time and 14 days of standby time, according to RIM. Other features
are fairly standard for a BlackBerry: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a
2-megapixel camera, DataViz's Documents To Go office suite and, of
course, full compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
Other than the fact that the Flip will launch over the next few months, exact
release dates and pricing have not yet been announced.