Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 now available in the UK
According to T3, UK luxury retailer, Harrods, will be carrying the device in December. With January quickly approaching, it should be only a few days until this expensive product from the marriage between RIM and Porsche is available. How expensive you ask? This gem will run you £1,275, which is about $1,998 US.
The Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 is slated to be running a 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 720p camcorder, and have 8 GB of on-board storage. With Porsche taking care of the exterior, the P’9981 will be wrapped in brushed metal with a leather back. Todd Wood, Senior VP of Industrial Design at RIM, said, “The Porsche Design P’9981 is a truly modern luxury smartphone, where the timeless style of Porsche Design meets the unmatched mobile experience provided by BlackBerry.”
UPDATED: We just spoke directly with Harrods, and have been informed that the device is available now. The representative said the device is in very high demand and is selling fast. They have it available in English and Arabic and are able to take orders over the phone or in the store. It is not available on the Harrods’ website at this time.
1. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
RIM will probably delay the release of this model because there waiting for some sort of LTE chipset thingamajig which will be delivered by a knight in shining armor riding a white unicorn sometime in the Mayan year 2012.
3. derricob (Posts: 24; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Porsche needs to do their research and realize that nobody is buying Blackberrys anymore. Especially for that price. These specs are mid-range compared to high-end Android phones. Sad but true. The next Porsche phone should be Android.
4. jgerboc (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jan 2009)
If RIM is focused on this .0000001% of the market, those who need a very expensive Blackberry in Arabic that embraces Porsche styling, then I suggest they fire the Marketing VP and whoever he/she reports to before any other stupid business plans are finalized for 2012.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
What an obscenity. They may sell at most 10,000 (if that) of this trinket. Meanwhile, Android and Apple will be selling close to 100 million handsets in the same timeframe.
There is a reason RIM's market share is tanking.
7. michas (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
Are you joking, right? $1,998 for that piece of crap? I've got the Torch 9800 when it got out and I'm still regretting the money I spent to buy it. Blackberries are over-priced and out-dated. Come on Mike, do your magic once again.
9. Goldeneye (Posts: 369; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
I still can't believe that one day I considered to get a blackberry(original tour)