The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is one of the very best handsets RIM has ever produced, packed with great tech, that wonderfully tactile keyboard and an understated but still cool design. However, someone at RIM obviously wasn’t happy with the 9900 and thought it needed a ‘designer’ touch, and handed it over to the team at Porsche Design.
The result is this, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981. So what have they’ve done to it? The phone has exactly the same feature list as the standard Touch 9900, meaning a 1.2Ghz processor, a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB memory.
The majority of changes are visual, as gone is the business-like black chassis and in comes a racy stainless steel casing, complete with a hand-wrapped leather rear cover to increase grip. Naturally the weight has now gone up to 155 grams from 130, so it’s certainly no RS model! All of the Bold’s curves have also been ironed out, leaving a very angular facia, keyboard and soft-touch buttons under the screen.
A series of new icons and a custom font have been added to BlackBerry OS 7, and there’s also a special augmented reality browser and a ‘premium’ PIN to help ‘identify other P’9981 users’.
Porsche Design are responsible for all the official Porsche accessories including shoes, sunglasses and other expensive trinkets adored by people who rarely own an actual Porsche, so it’s no surprise to find the P’9981 will cost a quoted $2000/£1250 when it goes on sale before the end of the year.