Havenâ€™t been posting as much as Iâ€™d like, but thatâ€™s because I had to dig deep for this dirt on the next-gen BlackBerry Pearl. Thatâ€™s right, Pearl 2.0.
Now, obviously RIM always has something in the works for new devices, and with the Pearl being a runaway quasi-consumer success, it makes sense for them to be looking to eventually upgrade the device, especially considering that the BlackBerry 8300 trumps the Pearlâ€™s much vaunted multimedia features. So hereâ€™s what weâ€™ve learnedâ€¦
One thing for sure that RIM is considering in the next Pearl is GPS, something that will excite some BlackBerry Cool readers, but not necessarily the general public. From what Iâ€™ve heard, the major contention lies in data charges: the average consumer already has a hard enough time justifying the cost of a BlackBerry due to expensive monthly bills â€” adding GPS (and the resulting Google/BlackBerry Maps images) would likely be enough to push consumers past the â€œunlimited dataâ€ limit of most carriers (25Mb on Rogers, for example), and cause their bills to skyrocket. It appears as though RIM is taking this concern to heart, with GPS coming on and off the table for Pearl 2.0 development almost on a daily basis. RIMâ€™s argument seems to be: why put in a feature into our consumer device that not that many will use, and could turn users away with added costs, when we could just improve its multimedia features â€” the stuff most consumers actually care about?
The second rumor weâ€™ve heard refers to how advanced the device will be. All reports seem to indicate that Pearl 2.0 will be a 9xxx device, with it most likely being a 9100. Now, this doesnâ€™t mean that we wonâ€™t see minor feature improvements on the 8100 (like an 8130 upgrade with maybe a 2.0 Mpx camera, for example), but the next â€œtrueâ€ Pearl will roll 9000 stylez.
This means a couple of things. The 9xxx Pearl will be significantly thinner than the current model, if we can believe Boy Genius (which we can). It also means that, for the first time in awhile, weâ€™ll get a resolution upgrade to the screen. Jibi told us that the 9900 device will feature a resolution of 384Ã—288, which means that itâ€™s not the Pearl (the screen ratio doesnâ€™t match up with the current Pearl or any of the other x1xx BlackBerrys, so Iâ€™d be hard pressed to believe that theyâ€™d change it now), but does make it very likely that the 9100 device would receive a screen bump as well (especially if theyâ€™re looking to significantly upgrade the Pearlâ€™s multimedia capabilities).
Thatâ€™s all I have for now, but it does send tingles down this Pearl userâ€™s spine. Maybe I wonâ€™t have to switch to an 8300 after all â€” that is, if the 9100 can make it out by the end of the year (not likely).