Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 UK release confirmed

BlackBerry's parent company RIM has teamed up with Porsche to create a luxury handset

Research in Motion has teamed up with Porsche Design to release the luxury P'9981 with a UK release date and price now handset to the BB7 device

The repeatedly leaked and recently unveiled smartphone collaboration between handset giant RIM and sports car company Porsche, the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 is to be released in the UK exclusive to luxury department store Harrods, the high-end retailer has confirmed.

Set to land within the coming days the P'9981 features a host of lavish design traits with the handset's internal array of specs offering far less of an impact than the device's external façade.

Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 Features

A step away from the usually fusty and plastic heavy design of the current selection of BlackBerry handsets the design geniuses at Porsche have bestowed their usual brushed metal aesthetic upon this latest full QWERTY boasting device.

Crafted with a forged stainless steel frame the P'9981 oozes class, craftsmanship and style with the hand-wrapped leather back and sculpted QWERTY keyboard being complemented by the internal inclusion of a 1.2GHz processor and NFC communication technology.

Running the BlackBerry 7 operating system the P'9981 is plumped by the inclusion of an exclusive Porsche Design UI which boasts a bespoke Wikitude World Browser Augmented Reality App. HD 720p video recording capabilities and 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to 40GB via SD, complete the handset's specs.

Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 Release Date and Price

Set to hit the UK before the end of the month Harrods have pencilled in a Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 release date for “the middle of December” with the luxury smartphone to set wannabe owners back the princely SIM-free sum of £1,275.

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