BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983: $2,000 Designer Smartphone for Professionals
While most mainstream smartphone users have moved away from BlackBerry phones in favor of iPhones and Android based phones, the company is still popular with the super rich and those wanting to make a statement.
That’s why it’s not surprising to see BlackBerry and Porsche collaborating once again with the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983. This new smartphone is the third device from the two companies, with the first being the P’9981, which sold approximately 170,000 units. Next came the P’9982 that is rumored to have sold about 30,000 units.
BlackBerry has been kind enough to let us try out a P’9983, and our thoughts about the device are below.
What’s in the Box
As this is a luxury device, it’s packaged in a quality Porsche Design branded box. Inside the box on the top layer is the device itself and a card proving that this is an authentic Porsche Design BlackBerry product with a unique pin number.
Underneath the top layer we have the USB sync/charging cable, the battery, three different charging plugs so that you can charge this device almost anywhere in the world, a SIM card, Porsche Design branded earbuds and cleaning cloth, and of course, documentation.
Specs and Information
It would have been nice if this device took on the modern look of the soon-to-be launched Passport or Classic, but instead, BlackBerry decided to dress up the old Q10 model, and they kept the same dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB or RAM, 2,100mAh battery and 3.1-inch, 720×720 screen. The only major difference is the 64GB of storage – a massive jump from the original 16GB. Additionally, the microSD slot will now accept cards up to 128GB.
Obviously, with such a high-dollar luxury phone the quality is exemplary, and the device has a gorgeous stainless steel frame complete with the Porsche Design logo and enough weight to let you know you are holding a quality piece that can withstand some punishment. The top bar features the Porsche Design branding so that everyone knows you are sporting a luxury smartphone.
Once of the nicest touches on this device is the glass effect keyboard. While it’s not real glass, it does look like glass with a smooth, highly polished surface and 3D designed lettering.
In the Back
Ok, maybe the rear of the device isn’t important to everyone but when you are purchasing something this expensive you want all-around luxury. The back cover is a glass weave design polished to a high shine which tends to attract fingerprints. The back also features a silver top bar which sports the model number. If the shiny black covered in fingerprints look is a little much, Porsche Designs have designed ‘back doors,’ which are leather-look rear covers in various colors.
This device launches with BB 10.3, which is the latest BlackBerry software that features a few user interface tweaks such as a central button on the action bar and a more modern design.
The device also features the new BlackBerry Assistant, an updated camera app, and a number of other new features.
To Sum it Up
Overall this is a very nice device that has some great features. However, is it worth paying approximately $2,000 just to have the Porsche Design logo and a few tweaks? For some maybe, but not for me.
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