Rumor: Red RIM BlackBerry Pearl Coming Soon

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Cingular may be close to launching a BlackBerry Pearl in a red casing. The Pearl is RIM’s most consumer friendly unit to date, so it’s a likely testbed for flair such as this.

Red RIM BlackBerry Pearl
Mock-up of a Red RIM BlackBerry Pearl

Plus, if this rumor is correct, it won’t be the first Pearl to available in something besides the basic black. T-Mobile USA is currently offering it with a white casing, too.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Red appeared on a Cingular price sheet, according to a Gizmodo tipster. Release date and pricing are not known at this time.

More About the BlackBerry Pearl

Even though this is a smartphone, not one of RIM’s larger cellular-wireless handhelds, the Pearl still breaks new ground for this company, as it is its first model of any kind with support for playing music and displaying video.

In addition to being the first RIM model with multimedia capabilities, the Pearl is also the first BlackBerry with a microSD card slot or a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Despite its consumer focus, the Pearl still offers the features business users have become accustomed to from previous BlackBerries, including support for RIM’s push email system.

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

This is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with support for the 2.5G wireless standard EDGE. It also has Bluetooth 2.0.

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