Wow, and you thought news would be slow after the leak of the 8100… Or should we say Pearl. Yep, it looks like RIM is going full consumer mode, building a brand based upon a cool name rather than design specification. Engadget has blown the doors right off the BlackBerry Pearl, posting (nearly) full details and embargoed press release. Here’s what we know:
— The BlackBerry Pearl is coming to T-Mobile September 18th (pretty much when we told you)
— The Pearl features a 65k color 240 x 260 display, microSD slot, 64MB internal flash, GPS, EDGE data
— The Pearl will retail for $199 USD at launch
— BlackBerry Cool wants one (badly)
See the full press release after the jump.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18, 2006.
BlackBerry Pearl from T-Mobile USA â€“ The Best Way to Ring in the Holiday Season
This holiday season, treat that special someone to the BlackBerryÂ® Pearlâ„¢ â€“ a cool new BlackBerry that’s as perfect for a night on the town as it is for a day in the office.
The BlackBerry Pearl is a very cool, incredibly small, easy-to-use smartphone. It comes complete with digital camera, multimedia capabilities and expandable memory. And it, of course, offers the full BlackBerry experience â€“ including email, phone, web browser, text messaging, organizer applications and much more. This year, give your loved one the gift of freedom â€“ with the BlackBerry Pearl they can do all the things they “have to do” and more of the things they “want to do.”
Why is the BlackBerry Pearl the ultimate gift for the holidays?
Â· It’s one sweet phone. It delivers premium phone features including Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones, speakerphone, smart dialing, conference calling, speed dial, call forwarding and BluetoothÂ® support for hands-free use with headsets and car kits.
Â· It delivers the popular and proven BlackBerry experience users have come to know and love.
Â· It is incredibly sleek and exceptionally powerful â€“ small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to handle all of your communication and information needs. It’s the ultimate combination of brains and beauty.
Â· It is incredibly easy-to-navigate with a new and intuitive trackball navigation system.
Â· It is the first BlackBerry to offer a camera with built-in flash and zoom â€“ share pictures with your friends and family right away via email or MMS.
Â· It features a large, ultra-bright next generation 240×260 color display that brings more than 65,000 colors to life. Its built-in light sensing technology automatically adjusts screen and keyboard lighting for indoor, outdoor and dark environments to browse the web, view attachments, pictures and video files.
Â· It features a convenient media player â€“ enjoy all the power of BlackBerry and listen to your favorite songs while browsing the web or reading an email.
Â· It supports a MicroSD card allowing for lots of storage space for pictures, audio and video files, along with 64 MB of internal memory.
Â· It is optimized for performance and operates on T-Mobile’s high-speed EDGE network. It delivers an exceptionally fast performance experience for web browsing and other applications.
Â· It features RIM’s popular SureTypeâ„¢ keyboard technology that makes typing amazingly quick and easy on such a small handset.
* It’s easy to stay on top of important personal and work communications with the ability to access up to ten personal or work email accounts including Yahoo! and MicrosoftÂ® Exchange.
The BlackBerry Pearl from T-Mobile USA will be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers, online at www.t-mobile.com/blackberry , or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE for $199.