In terms of recent BlackBerry 10 device news this one is slightly less exciting compared to the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and the blurry cam image we saw of the alleged BlackBerry Venice slider. However, if you are a resident of India and have been waiting to pick up the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite, you'll be able to in the next few days - If you are wealthy enough!

The P'9983 Graphite is a lovely looking smartphone, but with a price tag in India of Rs, 99, 990 it certainly won't be for mainstream consumer. I can't knock BlackBerry and Porsche Design for continuing to spread the love around the globe, but realistically I wonder how many they will sell. Particularly as the Passport SE looks so darn beautiful!

Press Release

New Delhi, India- Porsche Design and BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced the availability of Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry® in India. This new member to the Porsche family provides exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements and the finest, hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover.

"With the launch of the new P'9983 Graphite from BlackBerry, we bring a unique stylish smartphone combined with the superior productivity and ultimate security experience of BlackBerry® 10 technology for our Indian consumers. This new smartphone is custom-built for power professionals aiming to make a style statement while not willing to compromise on effective communication and collaboration" said Hitesh Shah, Director – Sales and Distribution, at BlackBerry India. "The iconic styling of the new P'9983 Graphite from BlackBerry is technically inspired with longevity, integrity, and individuality at its core" says Roland Heiler, Chief Design Officer of the Porsche Design Group, "and it will offer a new way to express individual style with the luxury of being one step ahead."

The P'9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry is exclusively designed by Porsche Design and engineered using the highest quality materials. Porsche Design has collaborated with BlackBerry to design a keyboard with an exclusive keypad with specially crafted glass-like keys with the durability of rigid synthetic material, plus blackened glass and a graphite stainless steel color frame.  Bringing together timeless aesthetics with best-in-class security, the new Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite smartphone will offer the full benefits of the BlackBerry 10 platform, with key features such as:

  • A revolution of the classic BlackBerry® QWERTY Keyboard – The unique, elegantly-designed BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard continues to provide the very best typing experience. The additional personalized auto-correction and next word suggestion help to type faster, more accurately and with less effort. This superior keyboard also has an exclusive keypad with specially crafted glass-like keys with the durability of rigid synthetic material.

  • Secure communication and collaboration – BlackBerry brings world class security through BBM™ instant messaging for your business and personal needs, so you can feel safe in the knowledge all your communications are safe and secure.

  • Unique PIN – The Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry provides an exclusive Porsche Design PIN ID group - 2AAXXXXX that sets you apart and makes you instantly recognizable among other Porsche Design users. 

  • BlackBerry® Blend - BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that's on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant notifications, read and respond to your work and personal messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry.

  • A Personal Assistant In The Palm Of Your Hand - BlackBerry® Assistant allows you to manage your work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other BlackBerry 10 features through both voice and text commands.

  • BlackBerry® Hub – BlackBerry Hub is the one place to manage all your conversations and notifications. The BlackBerry Priority Hub intelligently filters messages to give you instant access to the conversations and content most essential to you, helping you stay organized and focused on the most important tasks. With Instant Actions in the Hub you can quickly delete or file multiple messages.

  • Exceptional battery performance – Battery power designed to keep up with you. BlackBerry is well known for amazing battery life. With an impressive 2100 mAh battery and optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry 10, the P'9983 Graphite delivers exceptional battery performance. Have peace of mind knowing you can be productive and in touch with people that matter when it matters.

  • More ways to access apps - On BlackBerry 10, you can now discover and download both Android and BlackBerry apps. Access essential business and productivity apps through BlackBerry® World™ and your favourite Android apps and games with the Amazon Appstore.* Whether it's for work, or play, we've got the apps for you.

Exclusive Accessories:

Find your individual look with exclusive Porsche Design accessories that have been specially selected to perfectly complement your new P'9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry. In the box, you will find everything you need including a premium stereo headset, an international charging kit, a polishing cloth and a USB cable for high-speed data transfer.

The Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry will be available from select retailers in India in the coming days. For more information about the new P'9983 Graphite from BlackBerry please visit www.blackberry.com/p9983.

If you're in India will you be rushing out to pick this up? Let us know?