Porsche Design And BlackBerry Team Up For The 9980

By 05:17 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 Comments


When we caught site of this particular 'Berry, we first thought RIM had just decided to do away with their current design language altogether and hit the market with a new, sharper image. Roll on nearly two months however and the particuliar beast we saw before, turns out to be not so alien after all.

It would appear that this unique Berry is in fact a special member of the Brecent Touch family, one which has undergone a small design makeover courtesy of a partnership between RIM and Porsche Design. As you can see Porsche Design haven't made any attempt to tread carefully here, with a brecent (no pun intended) look, that must aim to create this BlackBerry stand out from the bunch (pun intended).

Porsche Design themselves are no stranger to mobile phone designs and their whole range of products have a crisp, clean, heavily engineered feel to them, but never before have we seen them flex their creative muscles on a smartphone, especially with a high-profile company like RIM as their partner.

The two known mobile creations to have come out of the Porsche Design houtilize previously, were the Sagem P9521 Porsche and Sagem P9522 Porsche; the former being a clamshell block of brushed metal and the latter being a sophisticated looking bar phone. There was another hint of Porsche Design that stepped into the smartphone world, however this concept came courtesy of industrial designer, André Silva. Still, the concept, dubbed "P' 9530 Smartphone", got people's attention and demonstrated the potential of what a design houtilize such as Porsche Design could achieve if they ever decided to hold on an all-classy screen smartphone brief, such as the one from Silva's designs.

Back to the real deal however, the 'Porsche-Berry'/Knight/9980, depending on which you prefer, is set to launch at a special event on October 27th in Dubai. A media invitation that was sent out, has been making the rounds and emphasises the "exclusive collaboration" between Porsche Design and BlackBerry.




Under the hood this device is effectively the BlackBerry Brecent 9900 and as a result we can expect to see a very similar hardware setup, including the 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) QC8655 processor, a 640x480 resolution display, a 5MP capturing camera unit, 8GB of internal storage and all powering BB Operating System (OS) 7.0 on top. No clues as to whether the 9980 will acquire a vanilla version of BB Operating System (OS) 7.0 either, or as exclusivity is the name of the game here, whether or not a few Porsche-centric special applications, wallpapers and so on may be included.

There's of course no official statement on when this special bldiscontinue of Porsche Design and BlackBerry will be available, or for how much, but following its launch event on the 27th, we should have a small more to disclose you.

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