Research in Motion (RIM) is to release the BlackBerry Pearl 3G next month, its smallest smartphone to date.
The handset measures less than two inches wide weighs 93g. It comes with an optical trackpad, dedicated media keys, a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry Maps, as well as geotagging, Wi-Fi and 256MB of on-board memory that can be expanded to 32GB with microSD/SDHD memory card.
The Pearl 3G will be available in two models. The 9105 (pictured right), which will be released in the UK, features a traditional 14-key keyboard. The 9100 (pictured left), which is destined for release in the US, features a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard. Both include SureType to complete words as the user types.
RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said: “Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity.
“It allows consumers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured, easy-to-use and fashionable 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and many other applications while maintaining a handset design and layout that is familiar and comfortable.”
Availability for the 9105’s release in the UK have yet to be announced.