RIM unveils BlackBerry 8800

BlackBerry 8800

Research in Motion officially announced the BlackBerry 8800 earlier this week. This latest quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE offering comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and adds many of the multimedia features that RIM first unveiled on the Pearl. It will come with 64MB of memory, the trackball navigation system (like the Pearl), a microSD slot, a QVGA display, voice-activated dialing, GPS and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP.

Despite some pictures showing a Wi-Fi icon, none of the specs I have seen indicate that the 8800 comes with Wi-Fi. Having said that, there are rumours that a second version could come out later with Wi-Fi.

The BlackBerry 8800 will be carried by Cingular (US) and Rogers (Canada) but neither carrier has released pricing information yet. But an earlier report from The Boy Genius suggests that it will cost $299 USD with a 2-year Cingular contract or $499 USD without one.

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