RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Pearl 3G

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    There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the release of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, but with WES 2010 officially underway, the official announcement of this device has finally arrived.  If you have ever owned a Pearl before, you will be happy to know that RIM has made this device more powerful while still keeping true to the compact size it is known for. Hit the jump for the list of features and press release.

    Press Release

    RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

    What do you want in a mobile phone? Small? Stylist? Fast? Full-featured? How about all of the above?

    Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
    announced the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, the smallest BlackBerry®
    smartphone yet. Despite its impressively compact and elegant design,
    this stylish new handset is a powerful 3G BlackBerry smartphone with
    uncompromising performance and top–of-the-line features, including all
    the industry-leading BlackBerry® email, messaging and social networking
    capabilities that so many people love.
    “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.”
    The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is a marvel of engineering
    and design excellence. It’s as powerful as it is compact. Measuring
    less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighing only 3.3 ounces (93g),
    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 processor that
    drives visually stunning images on the sharp, high-resolution display.
    It also features an optical trackpad for smooth navigation, 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.

    Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone include:

    • Elegant candybar design measuring 4.25″ x 1.96″ x 0.52″ (108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighing only 3.3 oz (93 grams)
    • 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
    • 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
    • Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a comfortable keyboard that enables quick and accurate typing
    • Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30
      hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset
    • 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording*
    • Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry® Maps, as well as photo geotagging 
    • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) – first BlackBerry smartphone to support ‘n’
    • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards
    • Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing,
      speakerphone and Bluetooth® (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets,
      stereo headsets, car kits (including systems that support the emerging
      Bluetooth Message Access Profile standard) and other Bluetooth
      accessories
    • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing
      catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry
      smartphones
    • Support for BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing photos as
      well as iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone** 
    • BlackBerry® OS 5
    • Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
    • Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks

    The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will be available in two models
    and several lustrous colors. The 9100 model features a 20-key condensed
    QWERTY keyboard and the 9105 model features a 14-key traditional phone
    keyboard. Both models include SureType® software that can complete
    words as the user types, making texting fast and accurate. The
    BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is expected to launch with various
    carriers beginning in May. Check with individual carriers for details
    about availability and pricing. For more information visit www.blackberry.com/pearl3G.
    * Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.
    ** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that
    contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is
    currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

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