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BlackBerry Pearl 8120
By 2008, the BlackBerry was making its way firmly into the non-business user segment, as this blinged-up mobile shows.
Luxury gadget maker Amosu gave the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 a very expensive makeover with the Limited Diamond edition, of which only 20 were made.
The device's sides and base are made of 18-carat gold, and it sports 900 hand-cut diamonds.
BlackBerry Bold 9000
In 2008, RIM debuted the first of its range to have HSDPA connectivity.
While it wasn't the first device to have some version of 3G connectivity, it was the first to be compatible with the higher speed version of the standard. It was also atypical among BlackBerrys, with most still using Edge — also known as 2.75G — as their primary standard.
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BlackBerry Pearl 8220
2008 also saw the introduction of the first clamshell device into the BlackBerry portfolio with the Pearl 8220, also known as the Pearl Flip.
The handset had two screens and a two-megapixel camera but no 3G.