After RIM officially unveiled the BlackBerry Pearl 3G yesterday, we were part of a select number of press invited to see the handset first hand. Impressively, although the phone is only 108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm and weighs a mere 93 grams (making it RIM’s smallest ever BlackBerry), it actually has the same specs and features as the excellent BlackBerry Bold 9700, including Wi-Fi, HSDPA and a vibrant TFT display that we’re pleased to say simply sparkled. RIM tells us they see it as being someone’s “first BlackBerry device”, but unlike the BlackBerry Curve 8520 who had similar billing, the manufacturer hasn’t scrimped and saved on features.
However, it’s not all good news. It turns out that we Brits won’t be getting the 20-key keyboard version, the 9100, instead having to be content with the 9105 that sports the more traditional 14-key keyboard. It also seems we’ll have to wait a little longer than May for it to breeze these shores, with a June arrival much more likely. Pricing details and what operators will have the device are also yet to be confirmed, though it was strongly hinted that it should be available on most if not all networks.