RIM launches BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone in India

Research In Motion (RIM) today launched the
new BlackBerry Pearl 3G, the smallest BlackBerry smartphone yet, in
India. Despite its impressively compact and elegant design, this stylish
new handset is a powerful 3G BlackBerry smartphone with uncompromising
performance and top-of-the-line features, including the industry-leading
BlackBerry email, messaging and social networking capabilities that so
many people love.

The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is a marvel of engineering and
design excellence. It’s as powerful as it is compact. Measuring less
than 50mm wide and weighing only 93g, it still manages to pack in
support for the soon-to-be-launched high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks
in India, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS, along with a powerhouse processor that
drives visually stunning images on the sharp, high-resolution display.

It also features an optical trackpad for smooth navigation, dedicated
volume and media keys for added convenience, a 3.2 MP camera with flash
for quality pictures on the go, and support for up to 32 GB of personal
content. In addition, with access to a range of popular social
networking and instant messaging applications, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G
lets you always bring your friends wherever you go.

The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will be available in two
models in India: the BlackBerry Pearl 9100, featuring a 20-key
condensed QWERTY keyboard, and the BlackBerry Pearl 9105, with a
14-key traditional phone keyboard. Both smartphone models include
SureType software that can complete words as the user types, making
texting fast and accurate. 

Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India, Research In Motion, said “The
new BlackBerry Pearl 3G is an ideal smartphone for people who want to
take their friends with them wherever they go. It has a rich set of
communications and multimedia features in an incredibly compact and
sleek design, making it particularly attractive to customers who are
looking to upgrade from a traditional cell phone to a powerful 3G
handset. Both models enable quick and easy text input for maximum
enjoyment of real-time communications applications like BlackBerry
Messenger, email and social networking.”

Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone include:

  • Elegant candybar design measuring 108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm and
    weighing only 93 grams
  • 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
  • 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
  • Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, 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
  • 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 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


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