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BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 arrives on 02

T-Mobile Google G1 Android phone also launched today

RIM's clamshell design BlackBerryPearl Flip 8220 quad-band smartphone debuts in the UK today on 02. The business smartphone will be available for free on certain mobile phone contracts.

The Pearl Flip 8220 is the first BlackBerry smartphone in a clamshell design. The Wi-Fi-enabled handset has a second colour LCD display on its exterior to supplement the standard phone screen inside. In common with other BlackBerry Pearl handsets, the Flip 8220 has a two-characters-per-key SureType keypad.

Armed with a 2Mp camera and a music and video player and manager, the Pearl range of BlackBerry handsets is seen as the more consumer-friendly offering from the traditionally business-oriented smartphone manufacturer. An iTunes synchronisation and media manager applet is included.

The Pearl Flip's onboard storage can be supplemented using a removable microSD andSDHC (Secure Digital high capacity) card of up to 16GB. This puts it on a par with the cheaper Apple iPhone 3G and the latest Nokia handsets. It is also comparable with the memory capacity of the Google Android G1 handset launched on T-Mobile in the UK today.

Click here for our review of the BlackBerry Flip Pearl 8220.

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