First 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Pics Leak

The true successor to the compact BlackBerry Pearl 8100 is styled like a slimmed-down Bold 9700. And while it ditches the "pearl" trackball for RIM's new optical touchpad, the QWERTY keyboard has made way for a reworked SureType setup.

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CrackBerry says it's been sitting on the photos for a while, but was waiting for its tipster's go-ahead to run them. No specs yet, but we're told they're coming soon. Stay tuned. [CrackBerry]