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BlackBerry P9981 Unboxing – Bold Guts in A Porsche Designed Body (video)

In my years of unboxing videos, never has a phone made me nervous to hold and use. The $2,400 BlackBerry P9981 carries that dubious distinction. Essentially a BlackBerry Bold 9900, this Porsche designed device is crafted with stainless steel materials along with a grippy leather-clad back. It looks high-end, and certainly feels high-end, but I’m not so sure either justifies such an astounding asking price.

Because the device is aimed at a very specific overseas market, the P9981’s keyboard is decked out in not only english letters and numbers, but Arabic characters as well. During our limited use, it made for a very cramped typing experience, something that doesn’t bode well for such a message-centric phone.

Spec-wise, the P9981 comes equipped with a 1.2GHz single-core processor, 8GB of internal storage (microSD expandable), NFC support and HD video recording capabilities. In addition, the device’s BlackBerry 7.0 OS runs a Porsche Design theme and, to show others just how fancy you are, comes with a PIN that begins with a P. How’s that for luxury?

Check out our unboxing and let us know what you think. Would you ever pick up a phone with such a high asking price? What features would it need to have?

BlackBerry Porsche P9981 Gallery

Thanks to Negri Electronics for hooking us up with the BlackBerry P9981.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...