RIM officially introduces Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry

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



28. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

27. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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!

26. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

ugliest phone i have ever seen

25. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

impressive design very nice

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Is this device made out of diamonds? Geez.

14. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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

13. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 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

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!

15. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

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

16. ecml490 unregistered

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

19. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

He meant a $100 phone back in '03

10. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

9. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Sorry but RIM your going in the wrong direction.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

8. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Good looks on the "Gordon Gecko" reference. LOL.

7. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

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

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

He does have a point, though. A good one. You're just oblivious to it because you have wool over your eyes.

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

24. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You just jealous cuz you cant get one :)

29. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

4. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

RIM is a joke, they are wildly outdated.

20. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You are so right mctcm

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

it looks so 2003.

1. threeline

Posts: 325; Member since: Sep 11, 2011


3. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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

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