I hope you haven’t already gone out and blown your Christmas money in the holiday sales, because you’re going to need it (and a lot more!) if you want the upcoming Porsche-designed BlackBerry P’9981. Here in the U.K., the prestigious device will be available exclusively from Harrods in London, with a price tag that will make your eyes roll: £1,275 (approx. $1,965).
To put that into price tag into perspective, that money would buy you two SIM-free iPhone 4S devices, with more than £200 (approx. $309) left over to spend in the iTunes Store; or three SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S II handsets; or three iPad 2s. It’s not like there’s anything special inside the BlackBerry either — aside from its pretty (debatable) exterior, it’s largely the same device as the BlackBerry Bold 9900, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8655 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and the BlackBerry OS 7 operating system.
There’s also a 2.8-inch display with a 640 x 480 resolution, NFC capabilities, 8GB of internal storage, and connectivity options you’d expect from any smartphone these days; including Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G.
I’m not sure that’s really worth it. But I suppose the device isn’t aimed at someone like me, but rather those with more income than they know what to do with. BlackBerry devices are popular with footballers (soccer players) here in the U.K., who wouldn’t think twice about splashing over £1,200 on a new smartphone.
That price tag is less than originally anticipated, however. Pocket-lint reported back in November that the device would launch at around £2,000 (approx. $3,083).
Bizarrely, the BlackBerry P’9981 is expected to sell out quickly when it goes on sale, so it might be a good idea to contact Harrods now if you’re interested in one. The store is likely to take a deposit, however, so it’s probably best you sell your car in advance.
Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t see the appeal in these luxurious devices. What do you think of the BlackBerry P’9981? Would you buy one at that price?