Even though RIM has been in existence for quite a while now, their presence in the Philippine market has hardly been felt with the likes of Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson being the front-runners in the local scene. However, 2009 might be the year when all of that changes as one of their latest smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 8900, is all set to debut this month.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 or otherwise known as the Javelin is one the smallest and thinnest QWERTY-equipped smartphones in the market today. One of its caveats, however, is its lack of HSDPA connectivity, but with WiFi available, that shortcoming might just be forgivable.
It’ll be available on both Globe and Smart, though pricing is still yet to be known. Nonetheless, this should be very good news for business folk and BlackBerry aficionados in the Philippines. The full press release after the break.
RIM unveils the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in the Philippines
The thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone is great for both work and play
Manila, Philippines – March 9, 2009 – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX RIM), recently unveiled the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone – the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 – in the Philippines.
The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features a compact and sleek design weighing just 110 grams and measuring only 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm, which fits comfortably in the hand for one or two-handed use. Housed within its chrome-frame and stylish black finish, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 packs an expansive feature-set with rich multimedia capabilities, as well as advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer and web browser applications. The powerful new smartphone makes it easy to stay connected with family, friends and co-workers, surf the net, take and view pictures, record* and watch video and listen to music while on the go.
Powered by a 512MHz next generation mobile processor that delivers snappy performance, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone supports quad-band EDGE and includes built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth® for flexible connectivity. Its built-in GPS supports location-based applications and services to provide added travel convenience for users.
Its large and brilliant display features the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry® smartphone (480×360 resolution), adding to its rich multimedia experience. It also comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera that includes auto focus, image stabilization, digital zoom and flash, as well as a microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot that supports up to 16GB per card, giving users plenty of storage to carry and capture more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go.
“The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 gives users an exceptional mobile experience,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “Its compact and refined design, combined with its impressive functionality and performance, will make it a popular choice with both business customers and consumers.”
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available in the Philippines from Globe Telecom and Smart Communications in March 2009. For information on pricing and service plans, please contact the respective carriers.
For further details, please visit www.blackberry.com.
* Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.