By 26 April 2010 | Categories: news


What do you change on a smartphone that is already almost perfect for business? Well not much apparently, as RIM has proven with the Bold 9650, the latest addition in their extremely popular BlackBerry range.

It ticks all the boxes on the smartphone must-have list including Wi-Fi, GPS, HSPA connectivity and of course email support. So pretty much everything its older brother, the business savvy Bold 9700, has. There are some slight cosmetic changes to the body with the new model actually a bit larger and heavier than the 9700, but the 9650 still sports the smooth chrome finish. 

RIM also introduced the smallest BlackBerry yet with the latest member of their Pearl family - the Pearl 3G. As the name states the Pearl is now 3G enabled, plus it also includes Wi-Fi and GPS. All this in the Pearl 3G's 108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm body, weighing a slight 93 grams. 

Here are the specs coming from BlackBerry for the Bold 9650:
Stylish design with glossy black finish and chrome highlights 
Large (2.44”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi), able to display pictures, videos and web pages with impressive contrast and detail 
3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording 
Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP) 
BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as  iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone 
Easy mobile access to Facebook, MySpace and Flickr, as well as popular instant messaging services including BlackBerry Messenger 
Support for BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones 
Full HTML web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP 
Built-in GPS with support for geotagging, BlackBerry Maps and other mapping applications 
Premium phone features including voice activated dialling, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1). 
Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks 
Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of CDMA talk time
And for the Pearl 3G:
Elegant candybar design measuring 108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm and weighing only 93 grams
624 MHz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
360 x 400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a comfortable keyboard that enables quick and accurate typing 
Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30 hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset
3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry Maps, as well as photo geotagging
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) - first BlackBerry smartphone to support 'n' microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards
Premium phone features, including voice activated dialling, speakerphone and Bluetooth (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including systems that support the emerging Bluetooth Message Access Profile standard) and other Bluetooth accessories
Access to BlackBerry App World, featuring a broad and growing catalogue of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
Support for BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone
BlackBerry OS 5
Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks
There is no word yet on SA prices. 


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