The BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) will become available in the UK on the Vodafone and Orange networks, starting this June.
The marketing posters for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 phone are expected to reach the UK during the first week of June. Pre-ordering for the device has already begun on the website mobiles.co.uk with Orange offering deals beginning from a price of £20 per month. Sources in Vodafone UK have also indicated that the handset was approved by the company for its network on May 21.
The BlackBerry Pearl 9105 comes minus the QWERTY keyboard, a regular feature on BlackBerry handsets. Instead, it sports a traditional T9 keyboard consisting of 12 buttons and integrated with SureType technology that predicts the words that are commonly used by the user and inputs them automatically. The trackball of the phone has also been replaced by an optical trackpad. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 is slimmer and smaller as compared to other BlackBerry handsets. The dimensions of the phone are 108x50x13.3mm (HWD) and it has a weight of 93 grams. The smartphone is the most powerful ever from Blackberry powered by a 642MHz processor.
The Pearl 9105 handset is also among the first devices from RIM to be equipped with 3G connectivity that ensures fast download speeds for games, apps and music. WiFi 802.11 n will also be featuring for the first time in BlackBerry handsets on the Pearl 3G along with standard features like assisted GPS and Bluetooth. The 2.3-inch HVGA screen on the Pearl phone has a resolution of 360×400 pixels. A 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus function and an LED flash is also part of the phone. The device will run on the latest 188.8.131.526 version of the BlackBerry operating software and has a 624 MHz processor inside. The battery can power the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 for six hours of talk time and for 13 days when on standby. BlackBerry programs such as the Media Sync and BlackBerry messenger are also present in the Pearl 3G phone.
Orange network’s plans for the phone start at £20 and offer half price for 14 months along with unlimited text messages, 100 minutes, Push email and 500 MB of data. The exact release date of the phone is unknown, though the Carphone Warehouse site lists the phone as becoming available from June 15.