"The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is unlike any other smartphone in the world and we expect a broad range of new and existing customers will be drawn to its powerful features and compact design," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion.
"Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity. It allows consumers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured, easy-to-use and fashionable 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and many other apps while maintaining a handset design and layout that is familiar and comfortable." [via official RIM BB Pearl 3G Press Release (source)]
Announced alongside Blackberry Bold 9650 yesterday at WES 2010, BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a marvel of engineering and design excellence. It’s as powerful as it is compact. Despite measuring less than two inches wide and weighing only 3.3 ounces or 93 grams, it still manages to pack in support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS along with a powerhouse 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory that drive visually stunning images on the sharp, 360x400 high-resolution display. It also features an optical trackpad for smooth navigation vs. trackball of older Pearl models, dedicated volume and media keys for added convenience, a 3.2 MP camera with flash for quality pictures on the go, and support for up to 32 GB of personal content.
BB Pearl 3G, simply put, combines the form factor of Blackberry Bold 9700 with its curved chrome accents and the traditional BB Pearl line design.
Pearl 3G will be available in several lustrous colors and in two different keypad configurations: the 20-key condensed QWERTY version (shown in photos of Blackberry Pearl 9100 above) and the alpha-numeric lay-out of Blackberry Pearl 9105 :
Both models include SureType® software that can complete words as the user types.
RIM demonstrates the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G -- an ultra compact BlackBerry phone boasting Wi-Fi Wireless-N connectivity and dedicated media keys.
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is expected to launch globally within this year, beginning this May, with various carriers worldwide.
Again, no word yet from RIM and/or its PR agency in the country regarding release details in the Philippines.