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
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
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.