BlackBerry Pearl introduced by T-Mobile USA

Sep 07 2006 - 12:49 AM ET | Research In Motion, T-Mobile
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blackberry-pearl.jpgAs expected, T-Mobile USA has officially announced the RIM BlackBerry Pearl. Originally known in rumors as the 8100, the Pearl is the first BlackBerry to include a camera and other multimedia features.

Features of the BlackBerry Pearl include:

  • Compact size, just 4.2×1.97x .57" with a 3.1oz weight
  • EDGE high-speed data
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 240×260 display
  • Media player, MP3/AAC/MPEG4/H.263
  • SureType QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 64MB memory plus microSD slot

Besides multimedia features, the biggest difference with the Pearl is that it utilizes a front-facing trackball. Previous BlackBerry models have relied on a side facing scroll wheel. The BlackBerry Pearl is shipping now for $199 with a 2-year service contract.