July 17th, 2007
Research In Motion Ltd. announced the new BlackBerry 8820 today, the first Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry smartphone. This is smart move and with a major wirelss carrier Cingular AT&T on board, it will have more impact than T-mobile’s Dash dual-mode phone.
The 8820 features a full QWERTY keyboard, a large 320 x 240 display and a trackball navigation system. It will be available later this summer. Pricing was not announced. But you can expect AT&T to these type of mass-market BlackBerry devices for as low as US$50, plus a monthly voice and data service plan.
The 8820 includes a built-in GPS support, a media player and an expandable memory slot for micromemory cards up to 32GB. The built-in GPS support in BlackBerry was a major missing piece for a consumer smartphone. Now that was finally built in.
The new smart phone switches “seamlessly” between EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, according to RIM. It will of course have their killer app – mobile email, which is what BlackBerry smartphone does the best.
It will have Bluetooth 2.0 support just like all the others in its BlackBerry 8000 series.
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