Personally, and I think most of you will agree with me when I say this, the BlackBerry Pearl is responsible for bringing RIM closer to the younger generation. They’re compact, well-designed, and definitely more fashionable than most of the BlackBerry phones that preceded it which opened a whole new market for the established smartphone maker. Unfortunately, through the years, the Pearl series was sort of shelved to give way to the introduction of the Bold (9000, 9700) and Storm (9530, 9500, 9550) series and continuous development of the Curve series.
That was then, and today, we’ve got a treat for BlackBerry Pearl fan boys out there. What you’re looking at is the BlackBerry Pearl 9100, the long awaited successor of the Pearl 81xx series. It boasts of a SureType keypad in lieu of the traditional full QWERTY one, and stays true to the current crop of BlackBerry phones with the integration of an optical trackpad.
It’s also got 3G connectivity, and a camera complete with flash at the back though its rating is still yet to be known. The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is actually one and the same as the BlackBerry Striker 9100 being referred to in a previous post back in September.
No word yet on when it'll be released or its pricing, but from the looks of it, this will be another hit for the younger crowd and will surely help RIM resurrect their forgotten Pearl series of smartphones. More pictures can be found from our source.