BlackBerry Pearl is Officially Announced

Officially, the BlackBerry Pearl is known as the 8100 Smartphone. This phone is apparently as thin as the Motorola RAZR and shorter than the SLVR. For the first time, RIM has put in a mega pixel camera and true multi-media features.

Read on for more information The BlackBerry Pearl is so named because the familiar jog dial on the side has been replaced by a small track ball that looks like……you guessed it….a pearl The Trackball is located where one would usually find the D-pad on most Smartphones.

The official line from RIM is:


* Phone, email, text messaging (SMS and MMS), browser, instant messaging and organizer applications in a single smartphone
* 1.3 megapixel camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom
* Media player with audio and video playback in a variety of formats*
* BlackBerry Maps(tm), the best way to find your way**
* Speakerphone and Voice Activated Dialing
* Pearl-like trackball navigation system
Dynamic, highly responsive experience when viewing attachments and graphics, browsing the web and running applications
* Innovative SureType(r) keyboard technology
Bluetooth(r) headset, hands-free and serial port profiles supported
* High resolution LCD screen with light sensing technology
Polyphonic, MP3 and MIDI ringtones
* 64 MB of memory and expandable memory via microSD card***
Exceptional battery performance
* Quad-band support for 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM(tm)/GPRS and EDGE networks
Countries available:
BlackBerry(r) Pearl(tm) 8100(tm) smartphone
* North America: Canada, United States

A full, Flash site has been setup at

No official word on pricing, but $199.00 seems to be the price thrown about on the Web. The Pearl should appear in T-Mobile stores next week.

Written by Gary