BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) looks poised to launch the new entry-level Pearl 9100 after pictures of the phone were posted online ahead of an official announcement.
The 9100 follows in the footsteps of other modern BlackBerry mobiles by ditching the navigational trackball in favour of an optical trackpad for scrolling.
The 9100 is also lacking a full QWERTY keypad, but it does have a Suretype board which adorns each key with two letters in order to keep down costs.
However, the smartphone will offer 3G networking and a three megapixel camera with an LED flash located on the back.
There is no Wi-Fi support, but that would probably be too much to ask in a low cost handset.
The Pearl 9100 is slimmer and narrower than other BlackBerrys, but it does mean that it has the appearance of a real smartphone without taking up an excessive amount of space in your pocket or bag.
Tecnomovida got its hands on the leaked pictures of the Pearl 9100 before its release. Thus far RIM has not made any statements as to how much the phone will cost or when it will be available in the UK.
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