As expected, Research In Motion is about to launch several budget-friendly smartphones in the following months to expand its BlackBerry 7 portfolio even further.
The first low-end device to hit shelves if BlackBerry Curve 9220, which has already leaked several days ago. Even though we didn't know anything about its specs until today, we assumed that its features couldn't be so impressive.
Shortly after Research In Motion announced its quarterly financial results, the Canadian company came forward with a short announcement that details BlackBerry Curve 9220
Firstly, the Curve 9220 will be shipped with BlackBerry 7.1 OS out of the box, so users would not have to wait for the latest update released by RIM.
Secondly, the smartphone looks like any other ordinary BlackBerry smartphones. It has a bar form factor and features the usual full QWERTY keyboard.
Although we don't have any info on the smartphone's processor, we know that it packs 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of internal memory. There might be a microSD card slot for memory expansion as well, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Furthermore, the device sports a small 2.44-inch standard display that supports 320 x 240 pixels resolution (164ppi). There's also a sub-par 2-megapixel camera on the back that features 5x digital zoom.
BlackBerry Curve 9220 supports EDGE and GPRS, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. FM Radio and music player are included as well.
Apart from unveiling the full specs of the smartphone, RIM announced the immediate availability of a BlackBerry 9220 simulator aimed at developers. In addition, the handset vendor confirmed that BlackBerry App World
is now open for submissions of applications for Curve 9220.
According to RIM, developers who already created apps for BlackBerry 9300 smartphones series will have an easier time porting them to this new handset. BlackBerry Curve 9220 smartphone simulator is now available for download here