Tag - Pearl
Sony on Wednesday confirmed a long-expected update to its Reader e-book hardware. The Reader Wi-Fi, or PRS-T1, borrows much of its influence from the Xperia smartphone line, down to an 0.35-inch thickness and a lighter six-ounce weight dictated by a switch from aluminum to plastic. The design runs on a much newer, E Ink-made six-inch Pearl screen and now supports multi-touch for zoom as well as page turns through swipes.
E Ink global sales head Sri Peruvemba in an interview Monday both dampened hopes for a sequel to its Pearl e-paper displays while promising a major leap with the next release. He told CNET not to expect any replacement in 2011 but promised much better performance. The next generation could display full-motion video, or at least 24 frames per second.
Cincinnati Bell has become the first US carrier to offer the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. The device supports 3G networks and has a SureType keyboard rather than a full QWERTY one, as is common with BlackBerry handsets. It also gets an optical touchpad rather than the older Pearl's trackball.
The Pearl has always occupied an unusual place in the BlackBerry line, if not the whole smartphone world: it's a smartphone for those who hate smartphones and the according price tags. With the Pearl 3G, though, RIM has blurred the line even further by packing 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi and even a high-resolution display into a phone no larger than a free-on-contract candybar. It's very promising, but we'll see in our BlackBerry Pearl 3G review if that amounts to a serious threat.
Rogers added to its phone roster in two ways today with launches for two key phones. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G has surfaced at Best Buy Canada for $80 on a three-year contract and $450 contract-free. Its version is the stock 9100 with the SureType keyboard but a Rogers-only, red-to-black color scheme.
A trio of carriers took advantage of RIM's Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G launches today to commit themselves to the new smartphones early. Sprint is the first to plan a hard launch and expects to carry the Bold 9650 on May 23rd for $200 on contract. Its version will cling to the reference BlackBerry but will add Sprint-specific extras like the music store and Internet streaming TV.
RIM kicked off the start of its Wireless Enterprise Symposium today by launching two particularly important BlackBerries. The Pearl 3G finally replaces the long-serving 8100 series and adds heavily requested 3G for GSM carriers as well as the trackpad seen on newer phones like the Bold 9700. It's furthermore the first BlackBerry ever to have an 802.11n Wi-Fi link and beats out most any other phone on a local network.
The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 and flagship Bold 9700 in white are due at Canadian wireless provider Rogers soon, as these leaked images of dummy devices reveal. The Pearl 9100 will evidently be offered in a dark metallic red, though other colors are likely to arrive later on as well.
The BlackBerry Pearl 9100, a version of the Pearl 9105, is due to launch soon at Canada's largest carriers according to leaked inventory screenshots. Screens from Bell and Solo as well as Rogers and Fido inventories also reveal pricing for the handset, at $450 CAD (about $451), without any subsidies.
The often rumored BlackBerry 9100 is said to be geting an extra model that will be equipped with a traditional T9-style keypad rather than the hardware QWERTY keyboards the devices are known for best. To be called the 9105, there is even a mockup of the handset from the origin of the news, bbnews.pl. The 9105 is apparently due to appear on the European market, and the source maintains both the 9100 and 9105 will share the same version of the OS.