RIM Showed Off Blackberry Porsche P’9981 at CES

Porsche and RIM have come together to create the Blackberry Porsche P’9981 smartphone. This device definitely brings a different look to the Blackberry brand and some cool internal features. The P’9981 is apparently not going to be a mass-distributed device like we are used to with most Blackberry smartphones. The device will come with a 1.2GHz single-core processor, HD video recording, 8GB internal memory, 640×480 resolution display, micro-SD expansion slot, Near Field Communication (NFC), Blackberry 7 OS, and in place of a usual optical track pad there is a camera located underneath the front panel and can detect the movement of your thumb for navigation.

The P’9981 is made up of stainless steel front and a leather-wrapped rear casing. The bottom of the phone is capped with a plastic material that should increase cellular reception similar to how Apple places a plastic covering on their 3G enabled iPads. They keys are very unique looking, but provide the same tactile feel we would get with the Blackberry Bold 9900. Though the device seems nicely crafted with a sturdy build, we were not that impressed with the aesthetic design of the P’9981. Especially when this will set users back nearly $2,000. It’s currently available in the UK and Middle East and will be making its way to the United States and Canada sometime later this year with no supported carrier announcements as of yet.

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Solomon Massele
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