Hands on with Blackberry 9650 and Pearl 3G

By on April 26, 2010
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We take a quick look at the new Blackberry devices released today.

We are here at the 9th annual WES in Orlando where RIM revealed two new Blackberry devices- the Pearl 3G and the Bold 9650.

The Bold 9650 is basically the follow up to the Tour meaning it’s a World phone that will work across EV-DO as well as HSDPA Networks. Other than that, it is identical to the Bold 9700 in specs with the only exception being the amount of RAM which is doubled to 512MB. RIM stated that this is basically just a natural progression for their high-end devices. We played around with the unit which, just like the Tour, will probably not be available in the Middle East as we don’t have EV-DO Networks in the region.

More interesting is the new 910X or Pearl 3G that comes with either the SureType keyboard or your traditional 1-2-3 type keypad. The press release we got from RIM in Dubai shows the SureType keyboard so I would expect that would be one that will be available in the UAE. The Pearl 3G feels quite tiny compared to the Bold 9700. Again, we played around with it and the following two videos show both the keypad and the SureType versions.

The Peral 3G will be available in a variety of colors. It will also be the first Blackberry device to use 802.11n WiFi. Other specs include a speedy 624MHz CPU with 256MB RAM, built-in BlueTooth and GPS, a Hi-res 360×400 pixel screen and a 3.2 MegaPixel camera. Since this is a more “consumer focused” model, Media keys are also present on the top.

Expect the Pearl 3G to be available around May of this year and in a multitude of colours. We don’t have a pricing yet but I would expect it to be on the medium end or around AED 2,000 (US$ 550).


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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  • logan

    great unlocked blackberry phone. easy to use, great for business. i love the keyboard and the screen is big even though it's not a touch screen. great for email and facebook too. very happy with ours. got our last 2 at gsmallover.com and we've been playing with them for a month now. 2 thumbs up

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