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BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G break cover

UPDATE: RIM has provided a bit more information about the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, which is definitely set to reach the UK at some point “shortly”.

The Pearl 3G is set to be the smallest BlackBerry on the market, with HSDPA (high-speed 3G) as well as Wi-Fi and GPS as we mentioned earlier. That 3.2-megapixel camera comes complete with flash, and the handset can house external memory up to 32GB.

It’s going to be running BlackBerry OS 5.0 so there’ll be access to App World and key features like BlackBerry messenger. The Pearl 3G does away with the SureType keypad of the original Pearl models (two letters to a key), instead opting for the traditional 1-9 number layout.

No further word from RIM regarding the BlackBerry Bold 9650 at this point – possibly because it’s not going to make it’s way to the UK.

It’s been a little while since we saw anything new from RIM. Unfortunately, there’s nothing massively new about the BlackBerry Bold 9650 (pictured right) and Pearl 3G (pictured left) that leaked this morning but it’s nice to know RIM is still beavering away behind the scenes.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 isn’t a million miles away from the Bold 9700, of which we are big fans. It’s rocking a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, a “large high-resolution screen”, Wi-Fi, the optical trackpad which we adore, and a Qwerty keyboard which, if it’s anything like that of the 9700, will be among the best we’ve used.

The Pearl 3G’s leaked specs are remarkably similar to the 9650’s; it too will have a “large high-resolution screen”, 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi (although the Pearl 3G’s Wi-Fi is slightly higher quality than that of the 9650). As you may have gathered from the name, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G will also have 3G connectivity. Unlike older Pearl models, the 3G will also have that fabulous trackpad – hurrah!

According to, both handsets will be able to handle voice and data at the same time as well, which will come in handy for you workaholic multi-taskers. 

No details have emerged on availability or networks, but with RIM’s WES conference kicking off in Orlando today, we’re hoping to hear more from RIM later – we’ll keep you posted.

[ via Gizmodo]


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