RIM refreshes Blackberry lineup

RIM has introduced two new Blackberry smartphones: the classic Bold 9650 and compact Pearl 3G.

According to RIM, the (Sprint) Bold 9650 is “ideally suited” for those who want to stay socially connected to various social and business networking services. 

“[The $200 Bold 9650] offers easy access to social networking sites like Flickr, MySpace and Facebook, with smooth integration, providing a great view of what’s happening both personally and professionally,” the company explained in an official statement.

The Bold 9650 smartphone – which runs BlackBerryOS 5 – boasts an integrated optical trackpad, fretted keyboard and a large, high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi).

Additional features include integrated GPS/Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), 3.2 MP camera with flash, video recording capabilities, advanced media player, 512 MB Flash memory, expandable memory card slot (for up to) 32 GB microSDHC cards, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and Bluetooth support. 

Meanwhile, the entry-level Pearl (9100) 3G is targeted at users looking to upgrade their traditional mobile phones to a full-featured smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and other apps.

Indeed, the compact Pearl 3G – which measures less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighs only 3.3 ounces (93g) – offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS. 

In addition, the smartphone features an optical trackpad, dedicated volume/ media keys, a 3.2 MP camera with flash, 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory, 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi), media player, Bluetooth support, removable/rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery (5.5 hours of talk time).

The Pearl 3G will be available in two models: a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard (9100) and a 14-key traditional phone keyboard (9105). 

Pricing and carrier availability for the new Pearl is expected to be announced sometime in May.