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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 now available in Canada

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 now available in Canada
The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981

The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981

The futuristic looking BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 is now available in Canada. During the opening of a new Porsche Design store in Yorkville, Toronto, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins and Porsche Design Groups Juergen Gessler appeared to introduce the handset. Priced at $1890, this is not a phone for the masses. That can be determined right away from the choice of materials used to build it. The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 is constructed from forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, and offers a sculpted QWERTY keyboard and a crystal touch display. The phone uses a unique Porsche UI.

The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 is equipped with a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen, with resolution of 480 x 640 and pixel density of 286ppi. A single-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (there's a chip from the past) is under the hood and 768MB of RAM are on board. Native storage of 8 GB can be expanded to as much as 40GB using a microSD card. The 5MP camera has LED flash and captures video at 720p.

So just exactly what are you spending nearly two grand on? A large chunk of that is for the Porsche name while more of it goes for the uniqueness of the device. BlackBerry 7 OS is installed which means that it is not getting upgraded to BlackBerry 10 OS. Don't expect to see many of these in use at the food court in the mall.
"Porsche Design has been a symbol for Iconic Style since 1972. And the brand new P’9981 smartphone is a milestone product for Porsche Design. It is a representation of the iconic Porsche Design styling philosophy and RIM’s technology-driven focus, which combine to deliver engineered luxury and powered performance in a smartphone for the discerning consumer."-Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of the Porsche Design Group

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posted on 15 Jun 2012, 02:16

1. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Ew those specs are hideous. "Luxur" phones are a complete mystery to me and I have never understood them, let alone the person who would actually buy one. Often their specs and OS are dated or just plain bad, and they are [obviously] over-priced.... Luxury doesn't mean it has a high price. In fact Webster gives me "an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease."

So what the hell are you paying for? With this logic I could get a sack of bricks and charge someone $1,500 and market them as "Luxury Bricks". Granted this device has the Porsche brand name and that is obviously why this particular device is being priced so high, but not all are branded with names like this. So really.... what do they offer that is "luxury"?

Is there really a market for these? I mean old-ass rich bastards can't be that dim... Can they?

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 02:46

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Well, Vertu wouldn't sell for around $250M if there are no market for these low-spec'd sky-high-priced devices..

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 06:13 1

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

man, you obviously need to understand what luxury truly means. People who buy these kind of phones are those who wants to be known for their money. Also, these kind of people who buy these kind of phones are those people who don't even bother what are the specs of a certain device as long as it can call email and message someone.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 11:27

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Totally agree. If I am ever rich one day (going to play the lotto now), I am getting a complete customize phone that has the spec no phone even has :D (a man can dream...)

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 03:15 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

One more sales fail. Whomever dreamed up this joke should be fired.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 06:26

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I don't think people at this site like this phone
But I do , the only blackberry that I liked except the upcoming os10 device
Never used a blackberry
But this thing looks cool and will make you the colest kid on the block .
Will I buy this ? Hell yes
(only If i am a millionaire )

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 07:31

6. mercorp (Posts: 1045; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

It is just a 9900 in disguise.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 08:30

8. Joshua9007 (Posts: 94; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

first off, its ugly... even for blackberry... it was born with dated specs and style. I like rim's newer products, but this is a step back. They could have done the leather back, upgraded the screen and processor and squared the design of the bold, put the porsche name on it and sold it for an extra $100 and actually made some sales from the device... for a company that is consistently loosing market share, you would think they would be trying to save their company, not make a niche product that idk if it will even appeal to their target demographic. Come on rim, you're better than this!

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 00:31

9. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I agree it is freaking hideaous!! If they had smartphones in the late 80s early 90s then I could see this phone being hit, but this design is just way past its time. LOL Sorry BB, but this is an epic fail. Who did you guys have helping with the design an old Porsche designer from the 80s?

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