BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 revealed

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 16:25 by Tech Correspondent

Research In Motion (RIM) revealed its first clamshell model, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone, on September 10, 2008. Take a look at the official photos here.

Photo: Blackberry Pearl 8220 flip phone

Photo: Blackberry Pearl 8220 flip phone

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will be available through T-Mobile USA by the autumn of 2008. RIM has yet to provide pricing details for the The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone, known by its code name KickStart, has WiFi-based UMA support for T-Mobile’s @Home service.

Unlike the other BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will not work on T-Mobile’s newly launched 3G network and will not have a built-in GPS for navigation.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone is 99mm x 48mm x 18mm (3.9″ x 1.9″ x 0.7″) in size when it is flipped shut and weighs 102 grams. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has two displays that can adjust their brightness to available ambient light levels. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220′s external LCD display will preview phone status information, and emails, text messages. When the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is flipped open it will reveal  a bigger 240 x 320 pixel screen with all the standard BlackBerry features.

Clamshell Blackberry Pearl 8220 photo

Clamshell Blackberry Pearl 8220 photo

The quad-band GSM/EDGE compatible BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has Bluetooth 2.0 support, speaker independent voice dialing, and a large 20 key SureType hybrid QWERTY style keyboard with predictive text input. The SureType keypad will be easier to use compared to the standard mobile keypads.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 comes with a 2 megapixel camera that can capture pictures and record vidoes. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has a media player software for music and videos. A microSD card slot that supports cards as large as 16GB in size can be used to store tunes. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 also allows tracks without DRM to be synchronized with Apple’s iTunes music jukebox software through a new BlackBerry Media Sync Application.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has a full HTML capable web browser  and DataViz’s Documents To Go software that will help users to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point documents.

The RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will have a 900mAh battery that will provide 4 hours of talk time or 14 days of standby time.