Research In Motion announced two new BlackBerry models, the Bold 9650
smartphone for CDMA customers and the diminutive Pearl 3G
, both due from U.S. carriers in May 2010.
Sprint will launch the Bold 9650 in the U.S. on May 23 for $199 with a two-year contract.The world-ready Bold 9650 supports 3G EVDO networks in North America and HSPA/UMTS networks abroad.
It offers full QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad and built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving email. It also features 412 MB Flash membory and expandable memory card slot supporting up to 32 GB microSDHC cards.
The candybar-styled Pearl is RIM's first handset to offer the option of either a standard cellphone-style keypad or a full QWERTY keypad. It's aimed at customers transitioning for the first time from a cellphone to a smartphone.
The Pearl 3G measures less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighs 3.3 ounces (93g), yet it supports high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS. Its processor is designed to drive a sharp, high-resolution display. It features an optical trackpad, dedicated volume and media keys for added convenience, a 3.2 MP camera with flash, and support for up to 32 GB of personal content.
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Other key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone include:
- Stylish design (4.4 inches x 2.4 inches x .56 inches and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights
- Large (2.44 inch) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi), able to display pictures, videos and web pages with contrast and detail
- 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
- Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
- BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone*
- Easy mobile access to Facebook, MySpace and Flickr, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry Messenger
- Support for BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
- Full HTML web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
- Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry Maps and other mapping applications
- Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1).
- Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad
- Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time
Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone include:
- Candybar design measuring 4.25" x 1.96" x 0.52" (108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighing only 3.3 oz (93 grams)
- 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
- 360x400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
- Optical trackpad, plus a comfortable keyboard that enables quick and accurate typing
- Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30 hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset
- 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording**
- Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry Maps, as well as photo geotagging
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) -- first BlackBerry smartphone to support 'n'
- MicroSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards
- Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing, speakerphone and Bluetooth (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including systems that support the emerging
- Bluetooth Message Access Profile standard) and other Bluetooth accessories
- Access to BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
- Support for BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone*
- BlackBerry OS 5
- Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
- Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks
The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will be available in two models and several lustrous colors. The 9100 model features a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard and the 9105 model features a 14-key traditional phone keyboard. Both models include SureType software that can complete words as the user types, making texting fast and accurate.
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is expected to launch with various carriers beginning in May.
* Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management
technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.
Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.