BlackBerry has finally made its Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone officially official. After being leaked for months, it’s almost here, but you still can’t get one. Let alone afford it.
Although the pricing hasn’t been announced, chances are this will be an expensive device, one that will find its buyers among Middle East oil barons and Russian oligarchs. This, of course, presumes these individuals have nothing against using a phone with two year (or more) old hardware.
Basically, what we’re looking at here is a fancier version of the Q10. Inside, the P’9983 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 2,100 mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage. In addition, the phone also boasts a 3.1-inch 720×720 touchscreen, 4G LTE connectivity support, NFC, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. BlackBerry OS 10.3 is running the show.
Alas, specs are just one piece of the puzzle. What makes this an expensive gadget are materials used for making it. Not only does the P’9983 has a premium finish, but also a sapphire glass-protected camera lens, Porsche stainless steel logo and chassis, and what BlackBerry says is “a special glass-weave technology for the back door.”
There are also surprises inside the box in the form of a premium stereo headset, a polishing cloth, and an international charging kit. And if that’s not enough, the Canadian company will also offer some exclusive accessories (sold separately), including back covers made from fine Italian leather.
The BlackBerry P’9983 will start selling early next month at Porsche Design stores, as well as select carriers and retailers across the world.