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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981

Oct 27, 2011
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  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (768 MB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • No front-facing camera




Porsche Design P'9981 is a 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 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..

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry (7)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.53 x 2.64 x 0.44 inches (115 x 67 x 11.3 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.47 oz (155 g)
      the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 2.8 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 286 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 31.47 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Scenes
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1200 MHz
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 768 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes


  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, a
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Other:
    • NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M4, T3
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  • Officially announced:
    • 27 Oct 2011

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