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RIM officially introduces Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry

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RIM officially introduces Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry
RIM has introduced the Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry. The phone with the futuristic QWERTY keyboard was formerly known as the BlackBerry Knight. The handset will be available from Porsche Design stores later this year and there is speculation that the price tag will be a very Porsche-like $2,000.

So what are you getting for that stack of 20 C notes? The device offers solid construction, for one thing with a forged stainless steel frame, leather back, and a sculpted QWERTY keyboard. The model is equipped with a exclusive Porsche Design UI and a Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app. Each unit of the P'9981 gets a premium PIN that allows the user of the device to find another P'9981 user in a crowd.

Other specs include a single-core 1.2GHz processor, HD video capture and 8GB of native storage that can be pumped up to 40GB using a microSD card. The phone is NFC enabled and has BlackBerry 7 OS on board. That means the phone has the second-generation WebKit browser and includes the fast and smooth liquid graphics..

Executives from both companies made some comments. Todd Wood, RIM's Senior VP for Industrial Design said, "This collaboration stems from a shared belief that form equals function. 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." Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group, gushed, "Since 1972 Porsche Design has presented milestone products with iconic style, and the P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be our next landmark. The pure and distinctive design, coupled with authentic materials and an emphasis on the manufacturing process, perfectly match our philosophy and complement the Porsche Design product assortment."

source: RIM

The Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone by BlackBerry

The Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone by BlackBerry







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posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:58 5

1. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Lame.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:01 1

3. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


i think its pretty slick, just not worth 2 grand... maybe 700 lol

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:01 5

2. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


it looks so 2003.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:28 7

4. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


RIM is a joke, they are wildly outdated.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 18:38

20. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


You are so right mctcm

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:48 4

5. Commentator (Posts: 2348; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


$2000? It's not even worth $200, IMO.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 00:23

24. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You just jealous cuz you cant get one :)

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:52

29. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


@metoyou there's nothing to be jealous .. I can afford it I don't know about that other guy. But I would never pay that much for a phone that doesn't even have a front facing camera, dual core processor, and at least an 8 megapixel camera and at least a super amoled screen.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:31 4

7. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Holy crap! If I was a troll hunter i could feed my entire family just on your posts alone!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 18:07

17. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


He does have a point, though.

A good one.

You're just oblivious to it because you have wool over your eyes.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:01

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


no he doesn't this has nothing to do with Apple.

#APPLEMONEYTEAM

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:34 1

8. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


To me it looks very dated style-wise. Like something Gordon Gecko would carry.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 18:11 1

18. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Good looks on the "Gordon Gecko" reference.

LOL.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:36 3

9. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Sorry but RIM your going in the wrong direction.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:41

11. cncrim (Posts: 479; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


+1, I try to thumb you up but accidental hit down :( lol

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:39 2

10. cncrim (Posts: 479; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Come on RIM, stop wining if your stock share is drop, it's so 2000 for $2000.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 16:41 1

12. ecml490 (unregistered)


I will beat the crap out of someone if I see them with this phone for their stupidity in spending $2000 for a phone that has the specs of a $100 phone!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 17:16

15. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


i've never seen a 100 dollar phone with those specs..

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 17:41 2

16. ecml490 (unregistered)


I should of been more clearer. I mean a $100 phone w/ contract.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 18:11

19. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


He meant a $100 phone back in '03

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 17:06 1

13. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I think.....at least I hope they are only gonna make maybe 1-200 of these

I'm thinking -$750 to $999 is more realistic

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 17:10 2

14. tigermcm (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


can someone answer why do these phonemakers continue to make these car design phones for so much friggin money that always looks like straight crap!!!! my son's toy phones are better looking than these designs that keep coming out that are suppose to be the most elegant designs ever. stop wasting money on lame designs and focus on your OS

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 20:46

21. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2942; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Is this device made out of diamonds? Geez.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:03 1

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I like the look. This is obviously a luxury item for someone that money is no concern

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 01:31

25. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


impressive design
very nice

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 02:30 1

26. saiki4116 (Posts: 343; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


ugliest phone i have ever seen

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 03:46

27. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


But honestly, the phone is made of premium materials. And designed by Porsche, $200 would barely even cover BOM. And don't forget BB's have never come cheap. So you don't only pay for the name "BlackBerry", but for "Porsche Design", too. If you can't afford it, you probably don't drive a Porsche. So stay in your lane!

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 17:03 1

28. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Good for hip hop music videos to wear around their neck as a chain while rapping and standing next to their leased bentlys in the background.

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