BlackBerry teamed up with Porsche Design in 2011 to produce the P’9981, a luxurious version of the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Bold 9900, and now the pair are back with another expensive smartphone. It’s the P’9982, and this time it’s based on the BlackBerry Z10, which means it has a full touchscreen, and runs the latest BlackBerry 10 software.
Porsche Design has taken the BlackBerry Z10′s form factor and given it a makeover, and like the P’9981, the body shell is now made from stainless steel with an attractive satin finish. The rear panel is covered with tactile Italian leather. As this is an exclusive phone, BlackBerry will be issuing an special BBM PIN number, which helps separate those with Porsche Design phones from those without.
Technically, the phone is almost identical to the BlackBerry Z10, as it shares the same 4.2-inch, 720p touchscreen, and a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The main difference here is with the internal memory, as the P’9982 has 64GB rather than 16GB, plus it has a microSD card slot too. The same 8-megapixel camera is also fitted to the phone.
We’re still waiting for confirmation of the P’9982′s final price, but expect to pay somewhere around £1500 for the pleasure of owning it. If that’s not pricey enough, then if you head over to Harrods during December, you may be able to buy one of 500 limited editions with a crocodile leather back. The standard phone will go on sale 21 November, and is to be sold in Harrods and Porsche Design boutiques.