updated 12:30 pm EDT, Fri May 2, 2008
More BBerry Kickstart Info
More definite specifications for the BlackBerry Kickstart flip phone have surfaced and provide many more details about its feature set and ultimate destination, BGR says. The clamshell will be the first to use a 'next-generation' version of the SureType keypad found on the Pearl and will include a "stealth" external display on its outer shell; when active, the outside screen will light up in a color that matches the outer frame, which should be available in blue and several extra hues.
More concrete details of the phone also reveal it to be a close relative of the Pearl 8120, the scoop explains. The phone will be limited to quad-band EDGE data when on cellular networks but should support Wi-Fi. A 2-megapixel camera, native 3.5mm headphone jack, and microSD slot are also shared with the earlier device. Nonetheless, the phone should include the upcoming revamped interface of BlackBerry OS 4.6, which adds web video and improved media browsing.
Renderings of the Kickstart included with the leak reveal that the BlackBerry will be offered through T-Mobile, which is likely to use the Wi-Fi for HotSpot@Home Internet calling as well as data. A launch date isn't included with the leak, though the unnanounced state leaves any official debut towards late 2008 at the earliest.