RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 8900 will now be available in India via Vodafone, Airtel, and Reliance. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will cost Rs 27,990.
The launch of the BlackBerry Curve 8900, aimed at business professionals, comes on the heels of the BlackBerry 9500 launch by Vodafone, also priced at Rs 27,990.
The sleek BlackBerry Curve 8900 has a 480×360 display screen (one of the highest resolution phones from BlackBerry) that supports 65000 colors. Unlike the BlackBerry Storm 9500, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has a trackball navigator found in the BlackBerry Bold and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. The Menu, Talk, End, and Clear buttons are located above the backlit full QUERTY keyboard.
Reports say that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest BlackBerry model so far, weighing 109.9 grams.
Like all the other BlackBerry models, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 offers e-mail, text messaging, browser, instant messaging, corporate data access, document viewing, editing and organizer applications.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 offers access to GoogleTalk, BlackBerry Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live, Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 comes with a 3.2 MP camera with auto focus, auto flash, and image stabilisation. The camera can also record videos and support mobile streaming.
The media player supports .3gp, WAV, MIDI, AMR-NB, G711u/A, GSM610, PCM, MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA9/10 Standard/Pro * audio format and DivX, XviD (MPEG4 Advance Simple Profile), H.263, WMV3 video format.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 comes with a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The GPS works with BlackBerry maps location-based software to enable users to find desired locations.
The smartphone has a 1GB memory and a memory slot for microSD memory card.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 has a1400 mAHr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell battery with a talk time of 5.5 hours and standbytime of 15 days.
In India, RIM has plans to extend the BlackBerry territory to that of the consumer segment as well. As part of its India strategy, RIM has tied up with Redington India for distribution and sales of BlackBerry unlocked handsets through retail channels across the country.
RIM has said that it plans to bring mobile applications to India that will appeal to the consumer segment. RIM may also launch a India-specific handset in the future.
With the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry is now selling four models in India, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, BlackBerry Bold, and Black Berry Storm 9500 being the other three.