Stuttgart, Germany and Hong Kong - Porsche Design and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the elite new Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry® is expected to be available in Hong Kong at the end of April.
Instantly identifiable as a Porsche Design product, the exclusive material choices for this unique smartphone include a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. The customized Porsche Design P'9981 comes with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience. The smartphone also includes a premium, exclusive PIN that easily identifies the user as holder of a Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry.
Tailor-made for Hong Kong customers, the new Porsche Design P'9981 is available in Hong Kong with a localized 5-stroke keyboard as well as both traditional and simplified Chinese UI and input methods. Local premium after-sales service will also be offered to customers who purchase the smartphone through authorized retailers in Hong Kong.
"The brand new P'9981 smartphone is a milestone product for Porsche Design," said Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO Porsche Design Group. "It is a representation of the iconic Porsche Design styling philosophy and RIM's customer-driven focus, which combine to deliver engineered luxury and performance in a smartphone for the discerning consumer."
"With the Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry, we are delivering a perfect collaboration between style and function," said Urpo Karjalainen, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. "We're pleased to bring this exceptional, modern smartphone to Hong Kong with the needs of local customers in mind, offering the localized input capability as well as premium after-sales support."
Powerful hardware and software
The Porsche Design P'9981 is built on a performance driven platform that features a 1.2 GHz processor and Liquid GraphicsTM technology, which enables a highly responsive touch experience with incredibly fast and smooth graphics. It also features HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications, and built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications). It comes with 8 GB of on-board memory, expandable to up to 40 GB with a microSD card.
The new Porsche Design P'9981 also comes with the latest BlackBerry OS (operating system) that delivers a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social apps. It includes a next generation BlackBerry® browser, which provides a fast, fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry, and comes with a number of pre-loaded apps that keep users connected and productive throughout the day.
The Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be available at Porsche Design stores as well as authorized retailers in Hong Kong.
For more information please visit http://hk.blackberry.com/p9981.