BlackBerry has always specialised in Qwerty keyboards, but it's branching out with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 -- its first phone with a traditional alphanumeric keyboard.
The lack of BlackBerry buttons makes the Pearl a centimetre narrower than the Bold 9700, the current top-of-the-line 'Berry. But it has all the features of the Bold, as well as a little extra in the form of 802.11n Wi-Fi. It's also got b and g flavours of Wi-FI, GPS and HSDPA, for speedy downloads over 3G.
The Pearl 3G is pitched at people who prefer the traditional keyboard but still crave the email prowess of a BlackBerry. Rest assured that's all in place, including reliable push email and BlackBerry Messenger, which gives you free instant messages to other BlackBerries, for free, anywhere in the world.
The Pearl's shiny case, range of colour options and small size could make it a good choice for anyone looking to join the BlackBerry massive without looking like a suited-and-booted business type.
The Pearl 3G is escaping the oyster and landing in shops in early summer, but RIM hasn't announced how much we'll expect to pay for this gem -- if that's not hopelessly mixing jewellery metaphors.
Watch our video hands-on below then click 'Continue' for more of the Pearl 3G's fruity features.