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Porsche Design BlackBerry 10 device in the works?

By Bla1ze on 30 Jul 2013 12:12 am EDT
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You'll obviously have to take this one with a huge grain of salt but over at Tinhte they've got their hands on a rather strange, yet somewhat familiar looking battery door cover for an unknown BlackBerry device. The battery cover itself looks pretty high quality with the BlackBerry logo being stamped into what appears to be a leather and glass weave combination. 

The interesting thing here though, is that it shares some of the same styling as the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981. Of course, it could also be from some other BlackBerry 10 device we've not seen yet or just a straight up fake but alas another Porsche Design BlackBerry would be interesting to see.

Maybe it won't be Porsche at all this time around, maybe it'll be Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton style. If nothing else, it would put some cash in the coffers. The P'9981 sold plenty, even at their ridiculously high price point and there is still new iterations being sold. 

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81 comments

Huey Newton

Not another $3000 phone

BlackBerry z10

Bla1ze

Those $3,000 phones sold like crazy.

mathking606

Hope these ones will do the same!!!!!

diegonei

Well at least this time we won't be complaining about underpowered specs and stuff. Using the Z10 as a base is a much better starting point than what they had with the 9900 (sotty guys, but it still got the clock of death).

I can see some peopel updating from the original Porsche P9something...

JBML007

God imagine if it actually is nice looking this time..

Z10in' since the Beginnin'

mnc76

+1

I can understand why Kanye etc... liked them (pure bling), but man, they were ugly devices (albeit made with very expensive materials). just wish they had done something better with those high end materials :/

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AfroZepher

. . .not "crazy" enough. . .lol

00stryder

Kevin's definitely getting one of these bad boys, counting down the days until the obligatory video!

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 and loving it!

iwasspartacus

Blaze, could you point to any data to help out some of us skeptics?

I'd be pretty interested in knowing how many units of the 'Porsche series' were sold by RIM in their last iteration... particularly the margin on each of these units. Do you have access to this information?

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Patrick Pierobon

How many did they sell of these units? I'm assuming not many.

On second note BB is looking to gain market share and obtain their former glory. A hand full of people buying a $3000 phone is not going to bring them back.

I think this is a waste and should have been put on the back burner until they had a more steady foot hold with their BB10 operating system.

iwasspartacus

Somehow to BBRY this makes sense. Instead of doing something with the PlayBook.

It gives ya something to think about.

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mjdimer

This gives them immediate cash back, which will help with earning calls, etc. PlayBook won't (unfortunately). Makes sense to me.

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iwasspartacus

Hahahahaha you BBRY fanbois are *almost* as funny as Apple fanbois... I get it... you drank the koolaid.

So before I move on do any of you financial geniuses have any data on how much revenue (or profit haha!!) this organization made on their last Porsche series. Yknow... straight cash, not goodwill in Dubai or some other bullshit.

Cmon.. I'm really interested...

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heyjohnnybravo

Yes. Wasting time and resources to update a product and deliver an extremely sub-par experience due to hardware limitations would be a much better decision!

Get over it.

mnc76

+1

Seriously. WHAT IS WITH THIS PlayBook nonsense amongst BlackBerry users?!?!?

I own 3 PlayBooks.

But it's a bloody 2 year old device!

GET. OVER. IT.

Wow...

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iwasspartacus

Chuckle. Nah.

I use their current and discarded products. I own their stock. I feel qualified to point out their failings.

I appreciate your concern though. Chuckle.

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Mike_Luchia

I would suspect a Mercedes Z10 would be even easier to promote!

HolyCrapThisSux

Now that's crazy... Waste of money

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birdman_38

Why does BlackBerry align itself with high end automakers? They should focus on improving their presence in everyday vehicles.

Blackberry_boffin

I dont think BBRY "lost" that much money on the Porsche phones.
They made loads I think so they kinda make sense.

Patrick Pierobon

Hopefully its a new BB10 device with amazing specs!!!

ruhban

I share that same hope! An all-new device would be awesome!

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Siya10

But it won't be quad core

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LeroyP09

Don't need a Quad core if you have a good OS. Quad just runs the battery out faster. Look at the speed of the Zed 10. Dual core and amazing speed on QNX

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birdman_38

Try out a quad core Android phone and you'll eat your words regarding speed.

Yoox_II

That long space along the top... what could that be for??

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ruhban

But that took it's design cues from the Bold 9900 including that big empty space. Why would they put that on a BB10 device?

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MozThaGreat

I'm sure it just a titanium band with BlackBerry stamped along with the camera.

mathking606

Can you guys contact BB about the SMS problems with the recent MR release on Canadian carriers.

JBML007

YES!

Z10in' since the Beginnin'

mathking606

so is this one of the 6 devices BB said that they will have on the market at one time :P

breakingpoint0

Very good question!

Currently we just have 3: Z10, Q10, Q5.
If rumors are true we'll see an A10(or whatever it ends up being called) before the end of the year. Adding this might mean 5 devices, still leaving another slot.

Maybe that's how they are doing it? Mid range all touch(Z10), mid range qwerty(Q10), low end qwerty(Q5), premium phone, high end all touch(A10), and then something else. It could be that the last thing is a high end qwerty, which could be a slider. If the premium phone doesn't count towards the 6 maybe we will also see a low end all touch, akin to the touch Curve of a year or two ago.

Neromanceres

This would make 6 devices:
Z10
Q10
Q5
A10
9720
Porsche10?

breakingpoint0

Ahh, true, I forgot about the 9720. I'm not sure if that counts as part of the 6 devices though. I remember it being 6 BB10 devices and not 6 devices in general. An article on Engadget says the same thing as well: 6 BB10 devices.

I guess we will see what BlackBerry has in store! I imagine with all the leaks we have been seeing we will be hearing something in the near future.

Skeevecr

The first mentions of 6 devices in 2013 did not specify bb10 devices and given that any devices they intend shipping this year will need to be in the shops by October at the latest, it would not surprise me in the slightest if this will be the 6th and final device for 2013. (In countries that are not stupidly slow obviously since they will probably have this one in the middle east or the uk before the a10 launches in the usa)

pogsauce

True Mike

I don't want a $3,000 phone but I do want a BIGGER QWERTY phone. I have the Q10 (and don't get me wrong, I love it) but I'd really like a phone the size of the A10, or even slightly bigger, with a physical keyboard and a large screen, maybe a screen slightly bigger than the Z10.

Perhaps this is something like that? (I wish)

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ruhban

Now that would be something special!

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MozThaGreat

How big would those keys be??? Typing wouldn't be smooth on a qwerty device that big.

Aljean Thein

I hope this will never happen! The phone would be too big for a qwerty phone. A nice 3.5-3.8 screen possibly will hit the mark. But a 5 inch screen plus with qwerty keyboard...no thanks.

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Winston Loh

It will be cool to see more devices out there running the BB10 platform...sweet... !

SK122387

This would probably sell even better than the P'9981 because I'm sure some people might have had reservations about spending that much money on a phone whose OS would look old compared to BB10.

Then again, money probably isn't much of an object to the Porsche Design crowd, so they can just buy this too.

Wei Li

Considering there are dents on the NFC contacts... there's a good chance that they already have their hands on the device.

itmccb

The black P'9981 was probably on each of the best looking devices I've seen in general. Not that I'd even dream of getting one, but I hope some of that awesomeness is brought to BB10.

BruvvaPete

As a specialty phone, idk. People with the loot can fill their boots. If it's a device in the six device lineup, gfy.

WillKhalifa420

I didn't get my OS update yet.....

Why Blaze?

Posted via CB10 on my Rogers LTE MAX Q10 and LTE Z10 in Toronto

VictorRight

Why does Tinhte get these devices?

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StutterStep

I think he works for a carrier cause carriers usually get all the good stuff to test early

drkpitt

That would be great for the BlackBerry 10 brand. If they manage to improve on some aspect of the Z10 or Q10 specs with this it would sell pretty well, especially if it is made with high end materials. Porsche should take this opportunity to put some serious hardware in the phone, like a better camera, processor, battery, or memory. They should not just take the same specs and come up with a better shell. There should be more leeway for them to upgrade, although it's possible that would just cause longer carrier testing cycles and delay it for a year.

MozThaGreat

FYI Porsche the car company and Porsche Design the design company that made the P'9981 are two different divisions. So its very unlike a car company(Benz) will put their name on this new device.

On a side note I am really excited for a Z10 designed by PD. Hands down will be my new favorite BB. I loved the P'9981.

Oofa

Once again I think "Porsche Design BB" is code for "overpriced BB".

StutterStep

For sure not affordable to most people

Oofa

Overpriced does not mean one can't afford it. It means it's priced higher than it should be priced. It doesn't matter how much you can afford. Even the wealthiest person on earth will still end up with an overpriced BlackBerry.

mjdimer

Code for exclusive blackberry. When you've got cash to burn, this will help show it.

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m4salman

Keep in mind, the market for these phones is in oil flooded middle eastern countries, where phones like these make business.

Jeandry Brito

No more phones, make new features and enhancements! Improve blackberry experience more! Don't try to be next to Android and iOS Try tu surpass them!

P.S I know 10.2 is coming -_- and I just want to see BlackBerry grow and be BIG again...SmH

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Benjamin Black

I am pretty sure that's just the BlackBerry elite battery cover for BlackBerry Elite VIPS. Isn't it?

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R Field

A Mercedes inspired BB10 phone would be cool.

staraf

Let's see when they start the Porsche award-winning contest.

"Post something nice and win Porsche phone"

I suggest there will be over 10k subscribers ;-)

the future is easy because it doesn't exist

Kapil Kaul

This is A10...

Typed With thumbs on BlackBerry Q10

Siya10

If specs are better than the A10-specs I will buy it... hope it will be priced below 2000 usd

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filoinstyle

something to look forward too! I have a strong feeling it'll be a BB10 porsche design.. yaaay!

Parthiv Shah

BB should introduce diamond studded phones for celebrities and gold studded ones for the Arabs :) Atleast there is no competition in that segment and margins are super high. Also Heins can't say that there is extreme competition in that sector ;)

chris8189

@Huey Newton - With a name like Huey, I thought you would be one of the ones that were buying it? Am I wrong?

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sibeans

i'm thinking "from ashy to classy"

203

Great! A glorified plastic cover.

Houshinto

Yep, that confirms it. I wonder what the model # will be P'Z81?

Bacon Munchers

Nice, but hitting a small market of Porsche owners (and pimps) with this.

Here's lookin' for an A10 Dodge Ram edition to get all the rednecks and worker-men on board; or perhaps a Q5 Hyundai edition?

;)

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ankush77

make it epitome of luxury+specs ,otherwise it will again be big flop show.
luxury should meet technology this time ,it will make a winner and kevin should carry one

ankush77

KEVIN, come to India ,will make you the mad tribe of bb lovers of DELHI

gm85

Since the P'9981 was a "boxy" design of the 9900, I always thought they should take the "boxy" design of the Dev Alpha C (which is a Q10) and work with that

BBB78

From a marketing point of view, having a limited edition device is sure to make heads turn. Porsche or Mercedes, either way. I'm sure many Company Directors would love to have a upmarket, diamond studded BB10 FTW!

Power Mac

The Porsche Design was the ugliest BlackBerry ever made, but if he sold, why not?

Savior4Life

Meh, another device that very few will purchase, crammed into an overloaded BBRY line up.

sakin13

Z10 Porsche doesnt make any sense at all.
there is no room to play on the front screen besides top and bottom which is extremely limited.

I really see no way even Porsche would want something like that. Q10 by all means but this ? no.