Remember last year’s rather ludicrous BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone? If you don’t, consider yourself lucky, as BlackBerry is more than happy to remind you with its recent release of the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite.
The Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite distances itself from its predecessor, thanks to “exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements” and a leather rear cover. This runs opposite to the glossy back found on the older model, though both devices have the same stainless steel frame and a similarly-styled hardware keyboard.
The changes are only cosmetic, however, as the Porsche Design P’9983 doesn’t differ internally from the original version. We’re still looking at a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch 720 x 720 Super AMOLED screen, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal memory.
BlackBerry seems content to play up its connection to luxury in spite of the terrible sales of its two most recent smartphones: the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. It’s unlikely that the Porsche version will sell much better, even among the BlackBerry faithful, once they get a look at its price.
According to BlackBerry, the Porsche Design P’9983 will be available through Porsche Design stores and select carriers and retailers around the world in the coming weeks. If you absolutely can’t wait, and who can blame you, you can buy it through Porsche Design’s website right now for an eye-watering $1,950. Luxury isn’t cheap, after all.