BlackBerry gets another Pearl.

BlackBerry manufacturers RIM have been pretty quiet over the past year or so but the next Pearl has now been announced to succeed the two year old 8110. The Pearl 3G as the name suggests now comes with 3G support as well as a number of improved features making the candy bar phone a great upgrade choice for BlackBerry fans.

First of all RIM have thankfully got rid of the trackball and replaced it with a small optical trackpad which is great news for those who are tired of using the dodgy trackball and want the phones main navigation feature to be more resilient.  The Pearl will come in two different variations; the 9100 with a SureType keyboard (half QWERTY) and the 9105 which has opted for a traditional keypad (probably to attract users that have not yet used a BlackBerry device). Both Pearls will feature dedicated media keys on the top of the handset to get quick and easy access to the phones music player.

Although the Pearl 3G is almost identical in size to the 8110, it is twice as fast with a 624MHz processor and comes with an increased battery life of up to 5.5 hours talk time. The screen is much improved with a 360 x 400 pixel resolution display giving a much clearer picture for all your messaging needs. The user interface has also been improved using the BlackBerry OS v5.0 making it a lot less cluttered and a lot more user friendly.

Other features of this promising device include a decent 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, Bluetooth, GPS support, iTunes and Window Media Player support and upto 32GB of expandable memory.

RIM have said that the Pearl 3G should be available in May 2010 but as of yet there has been no guidance on pricing or networks. If you can’t wait to get your hands on a BlackBerry then Mobiles Please compares all the BlackBerry deals in the UK.

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