We knew it was coming though we didn't expect it to be for another week or so. Today BlackBerry has introduced the Porsche Design P'9982 The device features a stainless steel design with leather wrapped back door. A limited edition will be made available as well that features Crocodile leather and will be limited to just 500 devices worldwide. As with the P'9981, the P'9982 will carry a special series of "luxury" PIN numbers as well.
The P'9982 will be available from select stores across the globe starting on November 21 and will reportedly cost around £1,500 ($2,400).
STUTTGART, GERMANY and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - November 19, 2013) - Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.
Porsche Design and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced the elite, new, all-touch Porsche Design P'9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and a second Crocodile model strictly limited to just 500 devices worldwide. Uniquely designed and expertly crafted, the P'9982 is exquisitely fashioned from high-quality materials and features a customized version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating System to give you the ultimate personal experience.
The P'9982, which extends the Porsche Design luxury brand's range of modern luxury smartphones, features a satin finished frame forged from the finest quality stainless steel, complemented by a hand-wrapped genuine Italian leather back door. The back door of the limited edition model is hand-wrapped in genuine Crocodile leather. Distinguishable by its special series of PIN numbers, owners of the P'9982 will be instantly recognizable in the exclusive world of Porsche Design smartphone owners. The smartphone carries Porsche Design's luxurious, iconic styling uniquely through the BlackBerry 10 experience to give you an exquisite handset purposely built to excel at mobile communications, messaging and productivity.
"Engineered Luxury meets Powered Performance - what has been true for the first Porsche Design smartphone is even truer for the all-touch P'9882," says Juergen Gessler, CEO of the Porsche Design Group. "Once again the collaboration with BlackBerry has led to a device that implements our Iconic Style credo without compromises. With the P'9982 we extend our range of modern luxury smartphones and establish ourselves as a market leader in this segment."
"The new all-touch P'9982 smartphone combines a unique design from an iconic brand with the power of BlackBerry 10," said Alistair Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Design at BlackBerry. "Every aspect of this smartphone has been purposely designed and built for a powerful premium experience."
The new P'9982 smartphone comes with a customized version of the powerful BlackBerry 10.2 OS, with key features such as:
Find your individual look with exclusive Porsche Design accessories that have been specially selected to perfectly complement your new P'9982 smartphone. Inbox, you'll find everything you need including the premium stereo headset, a polishing cloth, USB cable for high-speed data transfer and an international charging kit. The P'9982 smartphone also offers exclusive after market accessories including handcrafted backdoors made from fine Italian leather that are available in three colors, so you can choose a look to express your individuality.
The Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry will be available from Porsche Design stores, select carriers and retailers around the world beginning on November 21 with the exclusive retail launch at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London. The limited Crocodile edition will be available beginning early December, and will be exclusive to the Porsche Design shop-in-shop at Harrods.
For more information about the P'9982 please visit www.blackberry.com/p9982, and to view a video of the smartphone visit http://youtu.be/huC1ae3XeGk.