Douglas, with BBCool.com, leaked info that RIM plans to “officially” announce the existence of the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 at the CTIA convention in San Francisco tomorrow. As most of you know this is RIM’s first venture into the land of flip phones. This news is not all that surprising considering Rogers, Canada’s largest wireless provider, has already been sending out flyers advertising the new device.
The new Pearl will debut with T-Mobile in the United States and Rogers Wireless in Canada. I have not seen any expected pricing for T-Mobile, but it looks like Rogers will be selling theirs at a reasonable $149.99, less than half what the Bold is selling for. Have a look below at the expected specs.
- Clamshell / flip phone form factor
- Quad-band radios: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (no 3G)
- 240 x 320 internal LCD (think Curve/8800 display flipped to portrait)
- 160 x 128 external display
- 2 megapixel camera
- 3.5mm headset jack
- externally accessible microSD card slot
- OS version 4.6
- “Next Gen” SureType keyboard
- 8220 will feature WiFi; 8210 will feature GPS
(Specs via Crackberry.com)
What do you think about RIM’s clamshell design?