BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion kicked off the CTIA device frenzy by unveiling its first ever flip smart phone, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220.
The Pearl Flip is a quad-band EDGE smart phone that weighs in at 3.6 ounces and measures roughly 3.9 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.7 inches. It features to high-resolution, light-sensing color displays; an external LCD to view incoming calls, emails and text messages without opening the device; and an internal 240 by 320 LCD display for messages, video and Web browsing.
It features a host of multimedia capabilities, advanced phone features and the access to corporate applications that BlackBerry users have come to crave throughout BlackBerry's evolution.
The Pearl Flip 8220 supports thousands of business and consumer applications; and features a 2 megapixel camera with flash, zoom and video recording; BlackBerry Maps; and an enhanced HTML browser to view Web pages in either column or page view. The browser supports TRSP for watching streaming video from mobile YouTube and the device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and UMA, meaning the device can work on home and corporate Wi-Fi networks along with Wi-Fi hotspots.
Along with the flip, BlackBerry also announced a host of new consumer-focused, lifestyle applications, showing off integration with TiVo, Ticketmaster, MySpace, Slacker, Windows Live Search and more.