BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 Specs



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..


  • Hardware QWERTY keyboard


  • Thick body (0.44 inches)

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Size: 2.8 inches
Resolution: 480 x 640 pixels, 286 PPI
Technology: TFT
Screen-to-body: 31.47 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Features: Proximity sensor


System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655
Processor: Single core, 1200 MHz
GPU: Yes
RAM: 0.75GB
Internal storage: 8GB
Storage expansion: microSDHC up to 32 GB
OS: BlackBerry (7)
Device type: Smartphone


Type: User replaceable


Rear: Single camera
Main camera: 5 MP
Flash: LED
Video recording: 1280x720 (HD)
Dimensions: 4.53 x 2.64 x 0.44 inches (115 x 67 x 11.3 mm)
Weight: 5.47 oz (155.0 g)
Features: Full keyboard, Optical Mouse (Touchpad)
Keys: Right: Volume control, Camera shutter, Other


3G: Bands 8(900), 1(2100)
Data Speed: HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, UMTS, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s


Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n, a
USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
Features: Charging
Hearing aid compatible: M4, T3
Location: GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass
Other: NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Dec 05, 2011
FCC ID value: L6AREQ70UW
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.70 W/kg
Body: 1.35 W/kg


Oct 27, 2011
Officially announced: Yes
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User Reviews

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Rating breakdown (out of 10)
Great phone for its time.
Phone owned for more than a year

This has been a great device to me; solid build quality and functions as well as a pre-OS10 BB device possibly could. Strong battery life, good radio and wifi. The camera is the only bummer (as per the 9900 BB Bold, it does not zoom due to user complaints on previous devices about "taking too long" and having to wait for an image to focus).

Bear in mind, that it's now 2015 and anyone buying a PD phone who wants the latest and greatest apps should get a 9983 with OS10 and an updated interface.

Blackberry still provides excellent product support (I had a keyboard replacement done recently by them, under warranty), and I don't plan on disposing of this device anytime soon. The desktop charging dock is nice and classy (and beats fumbling for cables and tooling around with the USB plug), and it works fine for business use. This is a utilitarian device, not a toy, and it still catches attention. Don't buy this phone in late 2014/early 2015 and wonder why it doesn't run android apps :)

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Overprice, underpower
Phone owned for less than a month

This BB Porsche design is really doesn't deserve to be called a premium phone. While the build quality were solid, the device is NOT worthed the price tag. It's laggy, underpower & the OS is really not on par with competitor (android/iOS).

I really don't understand why Porsche want their brand put into this device.

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