RIM announces BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Bold 9650
Ahead of its annual WES conference, Research in Motion unveils two upcoming smartphones, including a refresh of the popular Pearl series.
This post was updated at 6:39 a.m. PT with information from Sprint regarding the availability of the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650.
Research in Motion's Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) doesn't officially start till Tuesday, but the company kick-started things by introducing two new devices on Monday: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Carrier and pricing information is sparse at this time, but the news finally gives us a look at two devices that have been a long time coming.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a handset that's been promised since last summer and though now under the Bold name, this is essentially the
So far only
Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G finally gives us a refresh of the popular Pearl series. Like previous models, the Pearl 3G keeps a compact design, measuring 4.25 inches tall by 1.96 inches wide by 0.52 inch thick, and features a SureType keyboard, but there will actually be two configurations. The 9100 model will have a 20-key SureType keyboard, whereas the 9105 will have a 14-key SureType keyboard. Like the latest BlackBerrys, the optical trackpad replaces the trackball navigator and also has dedicated media controls on top of the device.
The smartphone also runs BlackBerry OS 5.0 and includes Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth, and GPS. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G supports both
Though not the most mind-blowing news, RIM may also show offat WES, which we're definitely excited to hear more about. We'll be sure to report back any news from the show. WES is taking place in Orlando, Fla. from April 27 to April 29.