The rumor of this phone has been floating around for quite some time now, it’s good to see that Research in Motion has finally made the official announcement. The phone you may have once known as the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has now been revealed to the world as the BlackBerry Pearl 3G.
Just as the iPhone 3G added 3G connectivity to the original iPhone, the Pearl 3G does much the same. The BlackBerry Pearl line from RIM has been lacking in the high-speed department for far too long, so that’s a major improvement for the compact candybar. There’s no flip version yet of the Pearl 3G, though I suspect RIM will do that at some point too. Announced at the WES conference this week, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is doing something a little different compared to previous Pearl phones too. Yeah, there’s a version with the expected SureType keyboard, but there’s another version with a standard T9 numeric keypad too. I guess people want bigger buttons; me, I’d rather have a real QWERTY keyboard. Then again, I guess QWERTY fans are more inclined to nab a Curve or a BlackBerry Bold instead. The rumor of a QWERTY Pearl is still out there, so it could happen.
Rounding out the specs for the Pearl 3G are triband HSDPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi support, 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion, and a 360 x 400 display. RIM will be offering in several “lustrous colors” including black and white. The expectation is that versions will be made available (in May) for both AT&T and T-Mobile with the appropriate 3G bands in to, as well as Rogers and Telus in Canada.