Oh, the young BlackBerry fans will love this!
Set to be launched in the Philippines next week (on May 22, to be exact), the ultra-affordable BlackBerry Curve 9220 is ideal for young and price-conscious consumers who love to stay connected via their social media and messaging accounts, and to listen to music on the go.
Aside from coming in vibrant and youthful colors namely Fuchsia Pink, Black, Pure White, Teal and Blue and having a price tag of only around Php 10,000 (hopefully, even less), perhaps the coolest thing about BlackBerry Curve 9220 is that it runs BlackBerry 7.1 operating system right out of the box. The new OS comes with a lot of innovative features - like Social Feeds and voice-activated universal search, among others - and the latest version of applications that BB fans have grown to love including Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry and of course, BBM.
Other highlights of the handset include a 2.44-inch TFT display, an optical trackpad, full QWERTY thumb-type keyboard, a dedicated BBM button, 2 MegaPixel fixed focus camera at the back, VGA video recorder, a dedicated camera button, 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, microSD card slot for expanding the 512 MB internal storage, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio on the go, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity support and a 1450 mAh Li-Ion battery, which delivers up to 7 hours of talk time, 28 hours of playing music and up to 18 days of standby.
Really, for a borderline entry-level release, BlackBerry Curve 9220 sure comes with a lot of neat features that those who are still in school or who are just starting to explore the wonders of BlackBerry will surely find attractive. But if you're going to ask me why you should check it out, I'd say you should get it because it's cute and pocket-friendly, and because BIS in the Philippines - which will allow you to stay connected on BBM, Facebook and Twitter, and to access your email wherever you are - is very affordable.
Update as of May 22, 2012:
You can get BlackBerry Curve 9220 for free via Globe Plan 499 plus 99 Pesos BB Chat Subscription. This plan gives you Unlimited BlackBerry Messenger, Php 499 consumable and a couple of monthly call and text, or mobile surfing freebies.
Again, the TP Guesstimate for BB Curve 9220's official SRP is roughly Php 10,000. As for the release date, we're guessing that it should hit store shelves across the archipelago a week or two after its official media launch on the 22nd. Hopefully we'll be able to get hold of a review unit soon so we can show you how the handset looks in the flesh. But in the meantime, you might want to check out the complete technical specifications of BlackBerry Curve 9220 --
|Name||BlackBerry Curve 9220|
|Type||Candybar with Full QWERTY Thumb-type Keypad|
|Price Category||Lower Midrange, Borderline Entry Level|
|Dimensions||109 x 60 x 12.7 mm|
|Available Colors||Black, Pure White, Teal Blue, Fuchsia Pink|
|Operating System||BlackBerry OS 7.1|
|Display||2.44 inches (~164 ppi pixel density), 320 x 240 pixels, TFT, 65K colors, non-touchscreen|
|RAM/ROM||512 RAM, 512 ROM|
|Camera||2 MegaPixels, fixed focus, 1600x1200 pixels|
|Video Capture||VGA, 640x480 pixels|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC/MP4/H.263/H.264 player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|Internal Storage||512 MB eMMC|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1450 mAh (J-S1)|
|Uptime||Stand-by time of up to 432 hours, Talk time of up to 7 hours, Music play of up to 28 hours|
|Value-Added Features||BlackBerry 7.1 OS, BBM, Facebook for Blackberry, Twitter for BlackBerry, Social Feeds|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: May 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Php 9,500 to Php 10,000|