BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Sighting in the Wild...and a little info on the BlackBerry 9300

BlackBerry Pearl 8110

Hmmm... what’s this we have here, an 8110 in the wild?…seems that way, the 8110 was a “rumored” device for a long time now and today we can put some of those rumors to rest as we got our hands on one..the device was running v4.3.0.93 OS (not sure as to why 4.3.1 was not running on it) and includes GPS (which is absolutely amazing, in the testing it even tracked how fast we were driving down the road) and is looking pretty sweet to me! While it lacks the WiFi found on the GSM-based 8120, RIM has plenty of devices waiting to be launched that will include this feature (can you say 9XXX Series, more specifically 9300), unfortunately at this point we have no indication as to what GSM carrier the device will be assigned to as the “hands on” with the 8110 was with an unbranded device. Looking at the 8310 and 8320 Curve, it could make sense that AT&T and Rogers would get the GPS-equipped 8110 while maybe T-Mobile will get the WiFi-enabled 8120 that's already available outside North America. My time with this device was short (the photos had to be taken with my BlackBerry Curve) but at least at this point we know the 8110 is definitely out there and no longer a “rumor”. No definitive launch date or pricing either (sorry guys!, as I stated my time was short with this one). Some of the finer points in this Pearl form factor are listed below.

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BlackBerry Pearl 8110

Hmmm... what’s this we have here, an 8110 in the wild?…seems that way, the 8110 was a “rumored” device for a long time now and today we can put some of those rumors to rest as we got our hands on one..the device was running v4.3.0.93 OS (not sure as to why 4.3.1 was not running on it) and includes GPS (which is absolutely amazing, in the testing it even tracked how fast we were driving down the road) and is looking pretty sweet to me! While it lacks the WiFi found on the GSM-based 8120, RIM has plenty of devices waiting to be launched that will include this feature (can you say 9XXX Series, more specifically 9300), unfortunately at this point we have no indication as to what GSM carrier the device will be assigned to as the “hands on” with the 8110 was with an unbranded device. Looking at the 8310 and 8320 Curve, it could make sense that AT&T and Rogers would get the GPS-equipped 8110 while maybe T-Mobile will get the WiFi-enabled 8120 that's already available outside North America. My time with this device was short (the photos had to be taken with my BlackBerry Curve) but at least at this point we know the 8110 is definitely out there and no longer a “rumor”. No definitive launch date or pricing either (sorry guys!, as I stated my time was short with this one). Some of the finer points in this Pearl form factor are listed below.

  • 3.5mm Head Phone Jack
  • SD Card Slot on the side (same as all new “Pearl” designs” ie..8130) 
  • 2MP Camera
  • Video Recording Capability
  • Integrated GPS
Pearl 8110 Pics And 9300 Details After the Jump...

BlackBerry Pearl 8110
Hard to tell from these pics but the keypad layout is slightly different.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110
Side loading SD card slot of course.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110
The 2MP Camera and battery door same as the 8120,8130.

Aside from the 8110 “rumor” being squashed and becoming a reality alot of conversation has been going around regarding the 9XXX Series of devices, while Jibi over at BGR set out to clarify a few things regarding the 9XXX Series of devices and the information that has been floating around surrounding those devices, we have also heard some further information that does seem to be relative at this point, regarding a specific model of the 9XXX Series being the 9300, it seems as though this specific model number will be the one with touch screen, WiFi and GPS all in one, but we’re still putting it under the rumor category as with every other site that has been sharing information about the 9XXX devices, we still have no documentation or pictures to go along with that information. 

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BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Sighting in the Wild...and a little info on the BlackBerry 9300

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If I were a guessing man, I'd say that OS 4.3.1 should be ready for public release in 4-6 weeks at the latest. Also, if I were still guessing, the BlackBerry 8110 should launch within 3-4 months in North America, possibly earlier for Europe.

The 'rumour' was confirmed as real a while ago. I had a test unit in my hands a couple of months ago, Voda UK will be making this one available mid Jan

Is it likely that RIM will not release an Operating System upgrade for the Pearl 8100 until the 8110 is released?

I hope they release it very soon.