The BlackBerry Curve 8910 “Atlas” and the Pearl 3G

Well the BlackBerry Curve 8910 “Atlas” has just been released in China and may be coming in some form to the UK and maybe eventually the United States. Some had thought that it would never see the light of day and that might have been for the best. It’s without 3G (but claims to have some type of faster EDGE technology), and does not even have Wi-Fi because China’s government supports a domestic standard. Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) really dropped the ball on this one. Rumors had assumed that it was going to be compatible with the domestic 3G systems that China already had in place. One of the oddest things about the phone is that it has a trackball. Yes I said a trackball. Some of compared the new “Atlas” to a less feature filled version of the Curve 8900.

As previously reported, the device will be available through Suning Appliance Co. stores, but now will apparently be coming to other retailers.  Two other BlackBerrys will be released later this week, including some type of BlackBerry Storm. While getting into China’s massive telecom market is good for (RIM), you have to wonder if this is the best approach.

At the same time however, India has just gotten the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G. At about 93 grams, the phone claims to be the smallest BlackBerry so far produced. Unlike the Chinese BlackBerry that was just released, the Pearl 3G does have an optical trackpad and Wi-Fi (‘n’ standard even) and that should come as a relief that RIM isn’t just stripping down every phone in its lineup for international release. As previously reported, the Pearl 3G will have two different models, a 16-key and a 20-key condensed QWERTY.

So, now that we know what the “Atlas” is all about, and that we really don’t want it, we have to pin our hopes on the new BlackBerry “Torch” and the fabled BlackBerry tablet which still has no unofficial name. These new touch screen devices are going to be what the future is all about, and I am hoping that we get some new details in on them soon.

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