BlackBerry R47

BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 now in Malaysia at RM6,388

BlackBerry Porsche Malaysia

The BlackBerry Porsche Design has finally reached our shores. The BlackBerry Porsche Design offers a unique radical design that sets you apart from the typical BlackBerry Bold devices. The exclusivity comes with a price of RM6,388 which gives you BlackBerry Bold 9900 hardware covered with stainless steel and leather.

To recap on the specs, it runs on a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 2.8″ VGA display & comes with a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p HD video. According to Lowyat.Net, the device will also be offered on contract via Maxis.

Obviously this isn’t for the everyday mainstream user. However it might be something worth considering if money is no object for the sake of being different. Speaking of being different, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 comes with an exclusive BlackBerry Pin that starts with 2AA.

Head after the break for the promo video.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 revealed

The Porsche Design BlackBerry has finally been revealed as the Porsche Design P’9981 Smart phone. This is an exclusive BlackBerry with its exterior radically styled with stainless steel and leather.

Internally its rather similar with its flagship BlackBerry Bold 9900 that comes with a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2.8″ VGA display and a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p HD videos. The difference lies on the exterior as the Porsche P9981 is slightly wider by 1 mm and thicker by 0.8mm compared to the Bold 9900. The premium materials add 25 gram extra, making it a total of 155 grams.

Being a premium device, the P’9981 features an exclusive BlackBerry PIN with a “2AA” prefix. In terms of price, it is rumoured to be $2,000. That’s in USD, which makes it slightly more than RM6,000. That’s a lot to pay for a blinged up BlackBerry Bold 9900.

For more information, head over to the Porsche Design P’9981 microsite.

Hands-on and official promo videos & pics after the break.

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Update CONFIRMED: Porsche Design BlackBerry device to be revealed next week?

Update: It’s confirmed, BlackBerry and Porsche Design will be hosting an invitation-only event in Dubai to launch a new device on October 27.

Remember the mysterious BlackBerry that was apparently developed with Porsche Design? That device is now rumoured to be revealed at an event next week in Dubai on 27th October, jointly organised by Porsche Design and BlackBerry.

As seen above, it spots a radical new design with a rather flat QWERTY keyboard. With Porsche Design stamped all over, we would expect this to be an exclusive BlackBerry device and perhaps with limited quantity. More shall be revealed next week.

We also wonder if it functions well as it looks. Those keys doesn’t look comfortable to use.


R47: Mysterious ultra-premium BlackBerry purportedly created by Porsche Design

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The biggest buzz around the BlackBerry camp all weekend is this mysterious device known only as the BlackBerry R47 (aka 9980 aka codename “Knight”). The R47 is apparently a ultra-premium smartphone created by Porsche Design based on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Porsche Design is a design studio owned by Porsche that specialises in limited edition premium lifestyle products and accessories that are imbued with the Porsche design DNA.

At the moment very little (nothing confirmed) is known about the device save for what can be deduced from the allegedly leaked pictures that first surfaced on a Chinese-based website

So far, it appears that the R47 has virtually identical internals as the Bold 9900 including the touchscreen, NFC and BlackBerry 7 OS. Also, the device looks to be thinner than the 9900 and the keyboard looks like it would not be as comfortable to use.

Right now nothing is confirmed and the R47 is still shrouded in mystery. But if it is indeed true that an ultra-premium radically-designed limited edition Bold 9900-based smartphone is in the works, we seriously wonder what sense would it make when the presumably cheaper mass-market Bold 9900 will essentially offer the same features and performance.

What do you think?

More pictures of the mysterious R47 after the jump.

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