RIM Unveils the BlackBerry Pearl

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Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced its latest smartphone — the BlackBerry Pearl. This will be a significant device for this company, as it will be its first with support for playing music and displaying video.

Multimedia Everywhere

Although this device has many similarities to RIM’s 7100 series of smartphones, this latest model has many new features to make it a better multimedia device.

The Pearl will have a 240-by-260-pixel screen for displaying video. A media play will support MPEG-4 and H.263 video files, as well as MP3 and AAC music files.

Because video and audio files are often large, this will be the first BlackBerry with a microSD card slot. It will have 64 MB of internal memory, too.

It will also include a 1.3 megapixel camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom. Naturally MMS support has been added to this device.

Still a BlackBerry

Despite all the new multimedia features, the Pearl will still offer the features people have become accustomed to from previous BlackBerries, including support for RIM push email system.

In addition, it will include clients for AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and ICQ instant messages.

Like this company’s 7100 series smartphones, this device won’t include a full QWERTY keyboard. Instead, it will use RIM’s SureType system, in which each key handles two letters.

The Pearl doesn’t include a touchscreen. Instead, it is controlled with a trackball.

This will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with support for the 2.5G wireless standard EDGE. It will also have Bluetooth 2.0, allowing this smartphone to connect to wireless headsets and stereo headphones.

The Pearl will be 4.2 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick, and weigh 3.1 ounces.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Pearl will be launched by T-Mobile USA on September 12. It will also be available in October from Rogers Wireless in Canada and a variety of carriers in Europe.

Availability in Asia-Pacific and Latin America is expected later this year.

The exact price for this smartphone wll be set by the various carriers who offer it.

More information on the BlackBerry Pearl can be found on RIM’s web site.

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