With RIM under severe pressure at the moment, what with its global service outages and much-delayed tablet updates, there was only one logical answer – release a Porsche-designed phone that will cost $2,000.
Yes, the Porsche Design P’9981 is basically a BlackBerry Bold 9900 in a metallic and leather case and with a skinned version of the BlackBerry OS 7. The P’9981 will be only available in a limited number you’ll be sad to hear, so make sure you reserve your handset now before they’re all snapped up.
Like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the Porsche-designed handset will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor, backed with 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It will have a 5 megapixel camera on the rear with a flash, which will be capable of 720p video recording.
It will have the same-sized touchscreen at 2.8in with a resolution of 640 x 480, but it promises a new “crystal clear touch display.”
The premium nature of the phone emerges in the forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover and sculpted Qwerty keyboard which sits below a redesigned bar of navigation buttons.
The exclusive Porsche Design UI will ship with the phone and there will also be a bespoke Wikitude World Browser included, with is an augmented reality app for BlackBerry.
Of course, if you own a P’9981 you’ll want to stay in touch with other owners and each handset will come with "premium, exclusive PINs that help easily identify another P'9981 smartphone user." So no need to talk or message any plebeians owning anything other than a Porsche-designed phone then.
The Porsche Design P’9981 will be available later in the year, so that should give you time enough to save up for this must-have handset. Let us know in the comments if, like us, you think this new phone could signal the end of RIM’s problems.