RESEARCH IN MOTION'S Blackberry Pearl 3G smartphone gets captured on video at a RIM briefing in an exclusive walk-through for The INQUIRER.
The Blackberry Pearl 3G is RIM's first Pearl model since 2008, with updated network access, a new keyboard for the European market and the same OS as featured on the Blackberry Bold 9700.
This latest Pearl has more or less the same specifications as the recent update to the Bold, only in a smaller chassis that's two-thirds the size of the 9700. RIM has abandoned its unique compressed Qwerty keyboard that was synonymous with its candy bar phones.
The Canadian company has opted for version 5.0 of its OS in the Pearl 3G, which is also running on the recent Blackberry Bold 9700 that came out late last year. Past models of the Pearl, which is now on its third generation, have only been able to access a 2.5G network, whereas this latest model now has full 3G capabilities for the first time along with WiFi and GPS.
RIM told The INQUIRER that the Pearl 3G is set to arrive over next couple of months. No prices have been announced yet but RIM believes mobile operators will offer the handset at tariffs below those of the business oriented Blackberry Bold 9700.
Vodafone currently offers the Bold 9700 gratis on a £30 a month plan, while the Pearl 3G will be aimed at consumers, possibly at lower prices. µ