With any new BlackBerry it’s tradition for it to be unboxed on video. The luxurious Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9983 is most definitely worthy and I suspect that if you can afford the hefty £1400 ($2000) price tag, you will want to see what you’re getting for your money.
Running BlackBerry 10.3 straight out of the box, the BlackBerry P’9983 is the third in the Porsche Design/BlackBerry partnership and in my opinion, the best so far. Like the BlackBerry Passport and Classic, the P’9983 is taking the hardware keyboard approach, which will please many long term BlackBerry addicts.
Essentially, the P’9983 is a BlackBerry Q10 in a different shell and with more onboard storage. In a way it’s kind of a strange time for the device to be released, with the Passport and Classic following soon, but that’s just the way it is.
The P’9983 of course won’t be a mainstream handset, but I’m sure we’ll see a few celebs rocking it over the coming months.
Although the P’9983 comes with a beautiful special glass-weave back door, Porsche Design have also released a variety of different colored leather ones. The special glass-weave does look awesome but it sure is one heck of a fingerprint magnet. If that will get on your nerves you can just switch over to a leather one and choose a color that suits your mood.
BlackBerry P’9983 Specs
- Processor: Dual Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960
- OS: BlackBerry OS 10.3
- Memory: 2GB RAM, 64GB Flash, Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 128GB)
- Expandable Memory: Removable microSD memory card—slot located under battery door
- Display: 3.1″, SuperAMOLED display, 720 x 720 resolution
- Rear Facing Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Flash, continuous and touch to focus Proprietary Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x), 5 element F2.2 lens, Milbeaut Fujitsu M-9MO image signal processor with dedicated 64MB frame buffer, 4DOF video stabilisation, Hybrid absorptive IR filter, 1080p HD video recording
- Front Facing Camera: 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Image and video stabilisation, 3x digital zoom 720p HD video recording
- Battery: 2100 mAH removable battery **Battery Life **: Up to 14 hours talk time (3G), Up to 9 hours talk time (2G), Up to 12 days standby time (2G/3G)
- Dedicated Keys: Volume Up/Down, Mute, Lock (for Power On/Off)
- Dimensions: Height 119 mm / 4.69 in, Width 67.1 mm / 2.64 in, Depth 10.6 mm / 0.42 in, 140g / 4.94 oz
- Ports and Connectivity: USB 2.0 high speed port—allows charging and data synchronisation of the device with a USB cable, Micro HDMI for connection to your HDTV or projector, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM Radio receive (headset as antenna), BlackBerry® Tag with NFC technology enables communication between BlackBerry smartphones and other NFC-enabled devices with a tap
- Network: North America: Quad band LTE 2, 4, 5, 17 (1900, 1700, 850, 700 MHz) – Tri Band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6 (2100, 1900, 850 MHz) – Quad band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / All other regions: Quad band LTE 3, 7, 8, 20 (1800, 2600, 900, 800 MHz) – Quad Band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (2100, 1900, 850, 900 MHz) – Quad band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, 4G Mobile Hotspot
- GPS: Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS Preloaded with BlackBerry® Maps Maps application, Support for User Plane and Control Plane GPS GLONASS Support
- Advanced Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE)
What are your thoughts on the BlackBerry P’9983? Would you like to own it or do you think it will be overshadowed by the BlackBerry Passport?