The first images of a live BlackBerry Kickstart pre production unit have surfaced along with new information regarding specifications and potential carrier availability.
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The clamshell device is now expected to launch in two versions with the 8220 and 8210.
The 8210 features an internal GPS transceiver along with a QVGA internal display, quadband GSM/EDGE support with no 3G support, “Next-Gen” SureType keyboard, recessed trackball navigation, 2 megapixel CMOS camera with video recorder, external display, microSDHC expansion slot, media player, BlackBerry OS version 4.6 (the same version as the forthcoming Bold), and a 3.5mm standard headphone jack.
This version is expected to launch on AT&T while the 8220 substitutes a Wi-Fi radio in place of the GPS transceiver and is expected to support UMA access for calling over Wi-Fi, and is rumored for a September launch on T-Mobile.
Pricing for both is expected to be set around the $50 mark after new agreements and applicable rebates, with no guarantee on the final name for the device as Kickstart is one of two internal names used by RIM.