If buying an exorbitantly overpriced smartphone makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, then BlackBerry’s latest collaboration with Porsche Design should set you right.
The Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9983 is the third such ultra-premium model to come from this odd pairing, and as we saw in last month’s leaked images, it’s not hugely different in the basic shape as the earlier, initial P’9981.
Where it varies, of course, is with its 3.1in touch screen, BlackBerry 10 operating system (with the new personal assistant and other tweaks), and “specially crafted glass-like keys with the durability of rigid synthetic material.”[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sAJI3ev1b0″]
What we didn’t know last month was just how much the latest Porsche BlackBerry would cost, but now that’s clear: it’s selling for €1650, or about R24,000. If that general target holds up for South Africa, it’ll be a little cheaper than last year’s P’9982 (one of which is up for grabs in the September issue of Stuff if you subscribe).
Perhaps BlackBerry finally has some sense about this ultra-exclusive smartphone, which is due out in October. Wait, no, that’s still a nearly R24,000 phone. Nevermind.