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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.
2008 represented another departure for RIM as it introduced a touchscreen handset for the first time, perhaps inspired by the success of the iPhone, launched the year before.
The Storm went for a clickable touchscreen and offered two types of virtual keyboard — in portrait mode, it showed two letters per virtual key; in landscape mode, there was a full virtual Qwerty.
The HSDPA device included a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, an accelerometer and high-res screen for video playback, but had no wi-fi.