Remember the mysterious BlackBerry 8910 Curve that showed up briefly back in January? Well, forget that -- this is the real 8910 here. RIM was at China yesterday to launch this familiar-looking device -- OK, it's actually just a 8900 sans WiFi, but it's also the first BlackBerry that'll be sold through Chinese retail channels -- carried by Digital China -- instead of just enterprise contracts. Nothing fresh from the rest of the specs: 2.4-inch 480 x 360 screen, quadband GPRS, 512MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, and microSD expansion of up to 32GB. Press release and a couple more pics after the break, if you still care.
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New BlackBerry Smartphone Available in Retail Stores Nationwide Today

Beijing, China and Waterloo, Canada – Digital China Holdings Limited (Digital China) (Stock Code: 00861.HK) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8910 smartphone. The BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone is now available through Digital China's nationwide retail distribution network
with over 300 points of presence in China.

"We are very pleased to launch the BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone with Digital China across their nationwide retail distribution network," said Gregory Shea, Managing Director, China at Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry Curve 8910 offers the industry leading communications features that have popularized BlackBerry smartphones around the globe. We believe the powerful and easy-to-use BlackBerry Curve 8910 will help convince many more people in China to give up their traditional cell phone and upgrade to a BlackBerry smartphone."

"With the increasing popularity of smartphones in China, we are delighted to offer the BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone through our retail distribution network in China," said Guo Wei, Chairman and CEO, Digital China. "Around the world, the BlackBerry solution is recognized as a leading communications and productivity tool. This will surely be beneficial to Chinese professionals and retail customers as their desire to do more while mobile rises."

BlackBerry Curve 8910 Smartphone
The BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone features a wide range of advanced communications and multimedia capabilities, allowing customers to remain connected, productive and entertained while on the move. It features the industry's leading mobile email and messaging solution together with an exceptional phone organizer and advanced multimedia applications. It also enables access to a variety of popular services in China that have been optimized for use with the smartphone. In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 8910 features built-in GPS for location-based applications, Bluetooth® (2.0), a next generation processor (512 MHz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display.

At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone is the thinnest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone yet. Its sleek and refined design feels comfortable for both one-handed or two-handed use, and the smartphone's large, striking 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480×360 resolution) projects vivid color and makes text, pictures and video a pleasure to view. Its full-QWERTY keyboard allows users to type messages quickly and easily edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone, using the preloaded DataViz® Documents to Go® software suite.

The BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone's advanced multimedia features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with variable zoom, auto focus, and a powerful flash that also provides continuous lighting when recording video*. Its rich media player supports streaming and can play your favorite songs and videos. In addition, it features a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, support for the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP), dedicated volume controls and a microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable.

The BlackBerry Curve 8910 smartphone is a quad-band phone - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz - providing global connectivity support.
For more information, please contact 400-109-6688.

* Video recording requires a microSD/SDHC memory card, which may be sold separately.


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Research In Motion enters Chinese retail channel with BlackBerry 8910 Curve