Meet the Verizon BlackBerry 8130. Is it the BlackBerry Pearl 2?

Hooboy, it does exist. It’s been a long, hard waiting period for Verizon customers who wanted some sweet, CDMA BlackBerry Pearl goodness. According to these snatched images from the Boy Genius, it looks like RIM has delivered in a big way, with none other than the BlackBerry 8130 — which looks a lot like the BlackBerry Pearl 2. We’re talking 3.5 mm headset jack, 2 Mpx camera, and MicroSD support (is it external? Why no MicroSDHC?), all rapped up in a neat 1xEVDO package. Although, without the rumored Wi-Fi and 3.2Mpx camera in the Komet, you might call it the BlackBerry Pearl 1.5.

Verizon customers (and maybe Sprint too?) are set to receive the device sometime in November, 3 months after the GSM Pearl 2’s launch (makes perfect sense). So tell us guys, does it look like it was worth the wait?

13 Responses to “Meet the Verizon BlackBerry 8130. Is it the BlackBerry Pearl 2?”


  1. 1 Favorite Browser

    I thought Pearl 2 should be 3mpx or I am wrong?

  2. 2 BlackBerry Cool

    Browser,

    Last I heard they were aiming for 3Mpx in the Pearl 2, but would likely have to settle for 2.3Mpx. This reminds me a lot of the Original Pearl release, when they were trying to squeeze 2 in, but ended up with 1.3Mpx.

  3. 3 BlackBerry Cool

    Also, I just realized that the Komet (GSM Pearl 2) is supposed to have Wi-Fi.

    So I’ve changed the title to reflect the fact that this doesn’t seem as full featured as the Pearl that AT&T and Rogers are getting.

    It kind of seems like it took them a year to make a slightly improved, CDMA BlackBerry Pearl 1.

    Sorry Verizon customers

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