If you like your BlackBerry Pearl but wish it were smaller, Research in Motion has good news. The company introduced two new phones today including a Pearl 3G—the smallest BlackBerry smartphone to date.
It’s joined by a new CDMA BlackBerry Bold 9650 global phone.
The Pearl 3G highlights a powerful processor in a compact design plus two styles of keyboard. (See CrackBerry.com video below). RIM president and CEO Mike Lazaridis, said in a statement, given “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.”
Slated for May from various carriers, the Pearl 3G has built in WiFi (b/g/n) and supports high speed 3G UMTS/HSDPA data networks. It has GPS, Bluetooth, an optical trackpad, 3.2MP camera with flash, and 32 GB for storage. The processor runs at 624 MHz and the screen is 360 by 400 in resolution. It measures 4.25″ x 1.96″ x 0.52″ and weighs 3.3 ounces. The model 9100 has a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard and the model 9105 uses a 14-key traditional phone keyboard. No pricing yet.
The Bold 9650 is a global smartphone with WiFi. Also slated for May, it supports EVDO in North America and HSPA/UMTS abroad. It has a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g. The 3.2 MP camera has flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording. Other features include stereo Bluetooth and GPS.
Photo: BlackBerry Pearl 9100
Video source: CrackBerry.com