Research in Motion (RIM), the struggling creator of the BlackBerry smartphone has unveiled its latest device at an event in New Delhi, India today. The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 seems like a tool to lure the Symbian using customers from the Windows Phone line of devices and given both the company’s torrential year this seems like a viable strategy. The 9220 is priced at Rs10,990 ($215) and RIM execs claim that it has the longest battery life that any BlackBerry Curve has had thus far.
The phone’s specs are nothing near fantastic but given the price tag that is not a surprise. It comes with a QWERTY keyboard, 2MP rear-snapper, 2.44-inch display with 320x240pixel resolution, a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key, and camera integration which allows direct BlackBerry Messenger avatar updates. The 9220 smartphone will not ship with 3G. It also comes with a built-in FM radio which is not normal for BlackBerry phones.
It will feature in black, teal blue, fuchsia punk and pure white colors with a memory expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The device which will be first available in India will go on sale in global markets over the next few weeks. If you are looking for a budget phone like the BlackBerry Curve 9220 which only costs $215, you probably don’t have long to wait since shipments have already started for the affordable alternative.