In an apparent bid to be more competitive in the affordable smartphone space, Research In Motion has announced a cheap, QWERTY keyboard equipped BlackBerry phone – the 8520.
The 8520 is a 3G-less basic GSM, EDGE enabled device with Wi-Fi and a 2.0 MP camera. The device will compete with the likes of the Nokia E63, which is priced well under Rs 15,000, a segment where BlackBerry does not have any presence at the moment.
Detailed specs of the BlackBerry Curve 8520:
Dimension: 109x16x13.9 mm
Weight: 106 gram
Talktime/Standby time: 4.5 hours/17 days
Battery: 1150 mAh Li-ion
Display: 2.64 inch, QVGA display
Camera: 2.0 MP with video recording
Network: Quadband GSM
In a world where every product has to be certified by dozens of authorities, it is very difficult to keep upcoming products under wraps. And the Wi-Fi Alliance certainly isn’t known for its secrecy. What we have today is the Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700, which could be a stripped down version of the Android running Galaxy i7500. Hmm, are we looking at an ultra-cheap Android smartphones? It certainly looks like we are!!
We ain’t sure how legit this image is, but Engadget Mobile has received photographs of the N97 posing with a smaller look-alike. We had seen a similar looking product in one of the N97 designer videos but somehow our gut feeling says that Nokia won’t launch a stripped down version of the N97 and call it the N97 mini. But stranger things have happened with Nokia and who knows, they might just announce a Maemo running N97 Mini in September, price it significantly lower than the N97 and make N97 users cry tears of blood.
Time is running out for Motorola to deliver on its Android smartphone promise and the desperation is visible as excited product managers are finding it difficult to keep their protos away from the limelight. Clicked here in all its glory is the rumoured Moto Scholes, one of the speculated four Android devices Motorola has in store this year. The Scholes is rumoured to have a 3.7 inch 480×854 pixel touchscreen, a 5.0 MP camera and a 3.5 mm audio jack. It is apparently heading out to Verizon Wireless, a CDMA carrier in the US. All this info falls in line with what our source told us a week or two ago.
A Vietnamese blog has got hold of an HP iPaw K3 that they claim was for sale at some store in Hanoi. There are two interesting points over here – the first, the phone has AT&T branding and second, it runs WinMo 6.5, which is not yet available commercially and is expected sometime in September.
The blog claims it will be launched in the US in November and will be one of the few QWERTY+touchscreen candybar smartphones in the market.
The blog claims the following specs:
2.46 inch, QVGA AMOLED display
Qualcomm 7200A processor clocked at 528 MHz, 256 MB RAM/512 MB ROM
3.2 MP camera