RIM has announced the launch of its new Blackberry Curve 8530 Smartphone with Tata Teleservices in India. Priced at Rs. 18,990, the new Smartphone is available with a combination of pre-paid and post-paid plans to only the Tata Teleservices’s CDMA customers for now.
Tata Teleservices is offering its users free data services for two months with the this Blackberry Curve 8530 smartphone besides offering free live TV service for first 3 months on subscribing before June 30, 2010.
The Blackberry Curve 8530 is aimed at young professionals and students who want easy-to-use smartphones with rich communications and multimedia features that allow them to stay connected through social networking sites, instant messaging services including BlackBerry Messenger, and email.
The dual-band CDMA 800 / 1900 MHz network ready Blackberry Curve 8530 smartphone sports a stylish design has 2.46-inch 320 x 240 pixels 65K-colours Transmissive TFT LCD scratch resistant display with full QWERTY keypad and is the first BlackBerry device with dedicated multimedia keys.
The smartphone is equipped with all new touch-sensitive trackpad instead of traditional trackball and it comes with a full HTML web browser and several social networking appls for Facebook, Myspace, and Flickr.
Since new touchpad involves no moving parts, it should be more robust and expected to last long. The trackpad employs all the same gestures as the conventional trackball, besides feels similar to using a trackpad on a laptop. To select an option, one can click the pad just like one would with the conventional trackball.
The Blackberry Curve 8530 features 35 key backlit full QWERTY keyboard in addition to several dedicated keys for functions like Send, End, VAD/PTT (User customizable), Camera (User customizable), and 2 x volume. The handset also sports dedicated Media Keys which includes functions like Play/Pause/Mute, Back, and Forward.
Measuring just 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm and weighing just about 105 gms, the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 mobilephone comes is equipped with Qualcomm MSM7600 528 MHz processor, the Blackberry Curve 8530 Smartphone is powered by BlackBerry’s own Blackberry 5.0 Operating system and it comes with 2-GB of internal flash memory, 256-MB Flash memory and it has microSD memory slot supporting up to 32 GB maximum memory storage.
BlackBerry Curve 8530 sports three dedicated music and multimedia atop the smartphone allowing skip over songs, pause music to talk, or repeat favorites over and over options in addition to enabling mute phone calls with the easy-access mute button.
The handset offers simple and straightforward email and IM setup and it supports Windows Hotmail/Live, AOL, Gmail, Yahoo, ICQ and Blackberry messenger.
Supporting Polyphonic ringtones along with MP3 ringtones, the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone offers GPRS Class 10 connection with upto 48 kbps speed, 3D HSDPA network, HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switching Data) wireless connection with upto 38.4 kbps speed, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN connecivity and ultra fast EDGE class 10 connection allowing upto 236.8 kbps data speed.
The Blackberry Curve 8530 also allows Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Wi-Fi access to BlackBerry Internet Server, direct IP web browsing over Wi-Fi LAN network and support for UMA.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 s is also equipped with built-in GPS with A-GPS support, and includes BlackBerry Maps and Assisted, autonomous and simultaneous GPS enabled.
The Smartphone also offers wireless Bluetooth v2.0 connection with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) option . The Bluetooth v2.0 with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) allows listening to music on bluetooth compatible headset like 3.5mm HSP headset absolutely wire-free and in full stereo.
The smartphone is also equipped with standard fast USB v2.0 port (miniUSB port) which is used for both power recharging and PC connectivity for data exchange.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 mobilephone sports a top class 2.0 Megapixels Fix-Focus digital camera that offers 5x digital zoom (using volume control key) at maximum resolution of 1632 x 1224 pixels. The still pictures are stored in standatd JPEG format.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530’s digital camera is a fix-focus lens technology and shooting mode supports various options for still and video recording under several adjustable shooting conditions.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 phone allows shooting pictures in three different resolutions: 160 x 120, 640 x 480 and 1632 x 1224 pixels (2 MP), and they are saved in standard JPEG format. The smartphone also support video recording a normal resolution of QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) and MMS resolution of 176 x 144 pixels. Recording length is only limited by the available free space on the memory card.
The included media player in BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphones is a full featured media player that allows playing video and audio files. Audio media files supports AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 PRO/WMA 10, and AAC-LC and Video format supports MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3 files and file transfer is fairly fast using USB v2.0 interface.
In addition, it also offers 3.5 mm audio out port to allow users plugin their choice of headphones. One can play, rewind, fast forward, equalize, shuffle tracks and create playlists – just like in any other digital music player.
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The BlackBerry Curve 8530 supports MMS (Multimedia Message Service) for Multimedia text messaging allowing sounds, pictures, animations and formatted text in SMS message and its integrated image blog features allows sharing photos instantly by directly posting them onto any blog site.
Available in black color, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone’s some other features includes, WiFi access to Blackberry Enterprise Server, WiFi access to Blackberry Internet Server, built-in full HTML browser, Email Client, Wireless Email, voice memo recording, built-in handsfree Speakerphone, WAP 2.0/xHTML Browser, Java MIDP 2.0 support, picture caller ID, applications such as calendar, currency converter, alarm clock, auto keypad lock, stop watch, and preloaded polyphonic ringtones with ringtone composing application.
Equipped with Li-Ion 1150 mHz standard battery, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone offers upto 17 days of standby and 4.5 hrs of talk time (on GSM network).
BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone Features
- CDMA Dual Band: 800/1900 MHz
- 3G Network Ready
- 2.64-inches, 320 x 240 pixels, 65K colours QVGA TFT display
- Full QWERTY Keypad
- Touch Sensitive Optical Trackpad (instead of trackball)
- 256 MB shared internal memory
- microSD memory card slot, support up to 32 GB
- GPRS Class 10, 32 – 48 kbps
- HSCSD, 38.4 kbps wireless connection
- EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
- 3G HSDPA 2100 MHz Network Ready
- WiFi 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network
- Bluetooth v2.0+A2DP
- USB v2.0 port, USB Mass storage
- 2.0 Megapixels digital camera, 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution, 2.5X Digital Zoom, Autofocus, integrated flash
- Video Recroding in QVGA, 320 x 240 pixels resolution, 15 fps
- Media Player Supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, ASF file formats
- Video Player Supports MP4/H.263/H.264, WMV file formats
- 3.5mm Headset Capable
- Ringtones – Polyphonic 72 channels, MP3, and AAC
- Voice dial, voice memo recording
- Built-in handsfree Speakerphone
- HTML Browser
- Li-Ion 1150 mAh Standard battery
Stand-by Up to 17 Days
Talk time Up to 4.5 hrs
- Dimension: 109 x 60 x 13.9 mm
- Weight – 106 gms
The new BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone with 2 MP camera and FM radio is available in India from Tata Teleservices for the price of Rs. 18,990 (inclusive of all taxes) with one year warranty. Visit in.blackberry.com for more details.