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BlackBerry announces new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite

by Killian Bell | March 16, 2015March 16, 2015 5:10 am PDT

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BlackBerry today added a new smartphone to its high-end Porsche Design lineup. It’s called the P’9983 Graphite, and it delivers “exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements and the finest, hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover.”

Internally, the P’9983 Graphite is identical to previous P’9983 devices, which is somewhat disappointing given its $1,950 price tag. You might expect to get the latest specifications for that kind of cash, but instead, you’re really only getting a slightly refreshed design.

“The iconic styling of the new P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry is technically inspired with longevity, integrity, and individuality at its core,” according to Roland Heiler, Chief Design Officer of the Porsche Design Group. “And it will offer a new way to express individual style with the luxury of being one step ahead.”

One step ahead? Its internals would suggest it is quite a few steps behind, actually. The P’9983 comes with a 3.1-inch 720p display, and an aging Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It does have 64GB of storage as standard, though, plus a removable battery, a microSD card slot, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Ron Louks, President of Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, says the P’9983 Graphite “was built especially for those who strive for success every day.”

“This professional tool will deliver superior productivity, ultimate security and privacy as well as effective communication and collaboration,” he added.

If you don’t mind spending almost $2,000 on a smartphone that’s all about the looks, you’ll be able to pick up the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry and third-party retailers in the coming weeks.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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