RIM Announces BlackBerry Pearl 8130 for CDMA Networks

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Research in Motion has taken the wraps off a version of the popular BlackBerry Pearl created for telcos like Sprint and Verizon. This will be the first in this series with a built-in GPS receiver.

The Pearl has been on the market about a year, but until now it was available only for wireless carriers that used the GSM standard, while the upcoming version will be a CDMA device. It will also support the 3G standard EV-DO.

Other New Features

The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will include an updated user interface and a new font rendering technology that displays letters with enhanced legibility.  

BlackBerry Pearl 8130

BlackBerry Pearl 8130
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Its web browser will include a new "Page View" option that displays a full web page on the screen along with a magnifying glass that allows the user to point and zoom in on a specific area. 

The upcoming version of this smartphone will have a 2.0 MP camera, an upgrade from its predecessor, and RIM has improved the LED flash.

The 8130’s GPS will provide out-of-the-box support for location-based applications and services. BlackBerry Maps, its navigation application, now includes a local search capability that allows users to find local businesses within a short driving distance.

This model will support the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP), and come with a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.

Unlike its predecessor, this Pearl will sport an externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot for additional storage of music, videos, and pictures. 

It will also offer enhanced background noise, wind, and echo cancellation for better performance in loud environments

More About the Pearl

The BlackBerry Pearl series is smaller than most of RIM’s other products, and doesn’t include a full QWERTY keyboard. Instead, it uses this company’s SureType system, in which each key handles two letters.

Naturally, it offers the features people have become accustomed to from previous BlackBerries, including support for RIM’s push email system.

This series of smartphones has a 240-by-260-pixel display. This is not a touchscreen, as the device is primarily controlled through a trackball.

Coming Next Month

The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will be available in two colors – silver and amethyst – from CDMA carriers in North America beginning in November 2007. 

However, RIM doesn’t say which carriers will be offering it, or what the price will be.

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