Right after RIM’s announcements here at WES we got a chance to check out some sample devices. I have to say the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is HOT and has a very nice build quality. The phone is light and feels much nicer than the original 8100 series since it has the metal casing. The screen is sharp and even I want one. I am still confused as to why RIM is releasing a version with a regular 12 key keypad but supposedly they did some market research in developing countries and there is demand for such a format.
Here are some more details we learned:
- The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will NOT have OpenGL 3D graphics acceleration
- It will come in a variety of colors including a very cool fade from black to red which will launch on Rogers
- The BlackBerry Bold 9650 will launch on Sprint with a 2GB microSD card
- Both devices will ship with OS 5 but the Bold 9650 will come with 512MB of RAM
Check out the full gallery below of pics!