Did the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982 just visit the FCC?

Did the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982 just visit the FCC?
Back in August, we showed you some Hi-Res shots of a new Porsche Design handset expected to be launched in the middle of 2014 by BlackBerry. You might recall that the original Porsche Design model featured a futuristic looking QWERTY keyboard and looked like a BlackBerry Bold 9930 from the future. The stainless steel frame and the leather back conveyed a sense of luxury, and the BlackBerry 7 OS flavored model was priced as such. With a price tag of $2000, this phone was clearly not for everyone.

With the BlackBerry P'9981 now over two years old, the newer model we showed you in August brings plenty of changes. Named the BlackBerry P'9982, it is expected to be made out of aluminum and leather and will be based on the all-touch BlackBerry Z10. Gone is the QWERTY of the future and BlackBerry 10 now is running the show. One thing that hasn't changed is the price tag, which is still expected to read $2000.

What brought the P'9982 to our attention, besides watching a Jetsons marathon on cable, is our scan of the FCC's sign-in sheets to see which devices have recently paid a visit to the August body. We should mention that the device appears to work over AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE pipelines.

Is there really a market for what is essentially a $2000 BlackBerry Z10? After all, the Canadian manufacturer recently had to write off nearly $1 billion worth of the device that is collecting dust in the warehouse. And even if there is a market for this, shouldn't resources be directed toward making BlackBerry more competitive with iOS, Android and yes, Windows Phone?

The new Porsche Design BlackBerry meets the FCC

The new Porsche Design BlackBerry meets the FCC


source: FCC

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17 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Looks like an HTC One clone sans the BoomSound speaker grill..

5. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

yeah right even the Blackberry Z10 does :)

13. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

reminds me of xperia arc

14. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Luxurious But also highly priced

15. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Yeah it's Porsche Even Porsche owners don't have that expensive thing

2. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

$2000 r u kidding me...

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hey, it's PORSCHE. Of course it's expensive.

6. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

so what? does it build with Porsche engine?

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No. It's about the brand.

4. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

$2000? Really.. . What does it do? Makes you a coffee in the morning? Goes to work for you?

7. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Looks nice but I see a lot of wasted screen potential, just like the HTC one. Most people look at the HTC One and think beauty but all I see is wasted screen potential

9. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They are just selling their name, This phone will cost less than $400 if that name is removed.

10. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

even with the name porsche on blackberry it will not sale even 2000 unit with that ridicules price tag

11. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Really! c'mon blackberry. The most popular devices are not even closely priced at this range. Somebody feels "well hung" in Canada. I don't care what the phone said on it. Ludacris and this is why the ship is sinking.

12. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I agree... I'm not sure what are they (Blackberry) trying to accomplish with this?!

16. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Not making money with that but making you hear of it. and that works

17. GeekMovement unregistered

I wouldn't buy it even if it was $199 on contract.

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