The leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, RIM (Research In Motion) has introduced its first BlackBerry flip phone – BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone, which incorporates wide range of impressive features, including phone, email, messaging, organizer, browser as well as multimedia applications.

“The popularity of BlackBerry smartphones has grown tremendously around the world and the introduction of this exciting new flip phone will help extend the reach of the BlackBerry platform even further,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is a full-featured smartphone with a unique and friendly design and it is a natural choice for flip phone users who want to start doing more with their phone than just talk.”

Highlights Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Smartphone:

  • Two high-resolution, light-sensing color LCD displays
  • Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)
  • BlackBerry Maps to deliver maps and step-by-step driving directions quickly and easily
  • Removable/rechargeable 900 mAhr battery supporting up to 4 hours of talk time or over 14 days of standby time
  • Large SureType QWERTY keyboard that makes typing messages and dialing numbers fast and easy
  • Built-in 2-megapixel camera with flash, zoom and video recording
  • Enhanced HTML browser supports RTSP for watching online streaming video from sites like
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support

Accoring to RIM, “The BlackBerry Pearl Flip, like all BlackBerry smartphones, provides integrated access to the industry leading BlackBerry wireless services. Users are able to easily access up to 10 supported personal and work email accounts, send and receive text and instant messages, and connect on popular social networking sites with friends, family and co-workers. The DataViz Documents to Go software suite is also preloaded, allowing users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is supported on BlackBerry Internet Service, BlackBerry Unite!, BlackBerry Professional Software and BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which provides tight integration with corporate email systems and the security and IT policy controls that enterprise customers require to confidently allow smartphones in their organization.”

The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone which measures 3.9 x 1.9 x 0.7-inch and weights only 3.6 ounces is expected to be available from wireless carriers around the world starting this fall, but no words on its price yet.