Boy Genius Report has scored some real information as well as some pictures of the upcoming Blackberry devices which have been heavily rumored. The trio of new devise is the updated Pearl (no real name given as yet), the Curve 8310 (already available in Europe) and the 8820, which coincidentally launched in Spain on the Orange network a couple of days ago.
The new Pearl will be available in two different versions, one for GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and it will have Wi-Fi as standard. However, we can't but feel sorry for those looking at getting the CDMA version, as it won't have Wi-Fi. In its place is a GPS receiver, which as handy as it may be will never replace Wi-Fi.
Other new features include an externally accessible microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headset jack, a 2 Megapixel camera with better flash, twin speakers, a spell checker, better wind noise protection and an improved SIM card holder. Looks like a full on upgrade then and it's expected to be available within the next couple of months. It's just a shame that it's still missing 3G.
The Curve 8310 has been available in Europe for a little while now and it's pretty full on in terms of features with GPS and Bluetooth built in, a 2 Megapixel camera with flash and a microSD card slot. Still no Wi-Fi or 3G to be seen.
The 8820 is apparently the first BlackBerry device with GPS and Wi-Fi in the same device and it features 802.11 a/b/g and as far as we know, this is one of the only handheld devices to support 802.11 a. Again, this is a quad band GSM handset with GPRS/EDGE support, but no 3G. It features the latest version of RIM's software and it allows for VoIP, but only for UMA networks.
UMA stands for Unlicensed Mobile Access and allows for VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, but it's tied in with your network provider's service and it's meant to be unobtrusive as the calls should be able to move freely between the various networks. There's also the possibility of cheaper calls via Wi-Fi, but this would be down to the network provider.
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