BlackBerry has teamed up with Porsche Design to create another special edition smartphone. BlackBerry and Porsche Design teamed up in the past on the Porsche Design Z10. This time out the smartphone tie up with the two firms is called the Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry.
There's nothing like a good Porsche BlackBerry phone to make you realize that there's a niche for essentially any sort of smartphone you can think of, just so long as it's got a brand attached to it. Here we're seeing the continuation of the Porsche BlackBerry team-up, coming up from the last edition which rolled out with a full QWERTY keyboard. This device is inspired by the BlackBerry Z10, though its full touchscreen UI is slightly modified beyond that first-generation product.
At first glance, Porsche Design and BlackBerry might not make obvious bed-fellows. Still, the car firm's aesthetically-obsessed arm has taken up with Canada's finest, and the Porsche Design P'9981 is the result: maple syrup by way of Stuttgart. The less forgiving might draw comparisons between Porsche's legendary reluctance to diverge from its original 1963 car design, and BlackBerry's struggle to break free of its old OS. The frugal will likely be too busy gaping at the $2,350 price tag. So, Porsche or Pinto? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Something makes you feel justified of a Porsche's hefty pricetag when window shopping at your local dealership. But does this same mentality persist when viewing their new Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry smartphone? The device is set at $2,350, just enough to make a few jaws drop. We had recently seen it clear the FCC earlier with an estimated amount of $2,000, but it has clearly broken that barrier. It's hard to believe the P'9981 doesn't have decent hardware specifications.
RIM's Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 has passed through the FCC, indicating that it may finally be making its way to market. The device looks like a luxury version of RIM's BlackBerry 9900 series and has been leaked and rumored over the past several months but was not officially announced until October.
A BlackBerry smartphone featuring a unique design and Porsche brand will be making its debut on October 27. The device was leaked back in September in a slew of images along with a video, revealing a highly modified 9900/9930 form factor that's more angular and sharp. It was called the BlackBerry 9980 prototype in the video but it has also been rumored as the BlackBerry Knight, R47, and the Porsche Proceeding.
What we know about the BlackBerry device you're about to see is that it could be one of several things: a prototype for the 9900/9930, a "luxury" version right along those same lines, or a complete knockoff made by a third party to appear to be an alternate-reality 9900. There are both photos of the outsides of the device, a teardown, and a video in the post below. One of the more interesting (and appearing to be quite likely) options on the plate is that, due to the font, letting, and bold singularity in the word "PROCEEDING" above BlackBerry on the phone, this phone may well have been designed and executed by auto group Porsche - high-cost sharp edges ahoy!
Porsche Design and RIM have resurrected the P'9981, the expensive love-it-or-hate-it smartphone that redresses BlackBerry 7 in an angular metal suit, this time in black. The new P'9981 Black has the same touchscreen and QWERTY combo as the silver version we reviewed back in February, as well as a 5-megapixel camera embedded in a leather-covered back, but Porsche Design claims the matte finish case is actually more in keeping with its racing car heritage than the original.
It's strange to see a vehicle here at MWX 2012, especially one running BlackBerry - but here it is, a QNX Porsche 911 working also with a set of BlackBerry PlayBooks. This vehicle has the ability to connect to your BlackBerry smartphone using NFC to stereo telephony, while connections between devices then works instantaneously from there on out with Bluetooth. Control the music at the front of the car with the PlayBooks set in the seats in the back, play video from one part of the car to the other, and roll out on the web throughout the vehicle.
Porsche has detailed its upcoming sports SUV, the Porsche Macan, promising both the off-road capabilities of the Cayenne but the sports appeal of Porsche's traditional line. Named after the Indonesian word for "tiger", the Macan is expected to roll off production lines in Germany sometime in 2013, though so far all we have on the aesthetics is this hasty sketch.