Porsche-designed BlackBerry P'9981 launches

We heard a rumour about it last week, but now the cat is very much out of the bag – the Porsche-designed BlackBerry P'9981 has had its official launch.

Looks-wise, it's very much as we expected, a minimal/modernist/futuristic (take your pick) handset very much out of the Porsche Design stable. If you live in an expensive apartment with white walls, a few items of expensive furniture and a Bang & Olufsen TV in the corner, the sharp angles on offer here are probably for you. Especially if you love the 'ping' of an incoming email.

Underneath that stainless steel exterior you get a decent BlackBerry experience too. BlackBerry OS 7 keeps things ticking over, with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and bespoke augmented reality app thrown in from Porsche's side. There's also a mix of full QWERTY and touch-screen, a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of on-board memory, a microSD slot for bumping up the storage, a five-megapixel camera that's capable of shooting 720p HD video and an NFC chip.

Fancy one? We wouldn't recommend trying your local phone shop. Unless that phone shop is a designer outlet in a major city. The price of this phone is around $2,000 SIM-free, which works out at £1,243. Well, did you really expect it to be any cheaper?

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