BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983

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Specs summary

Screen
3.1"

The BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983's screen is 3.1 inches with 720 x 720 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 540 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G).



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What's good  

  • Premium stainless steel frame
  • Excellent physical keyboard
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Grainy photo quality in low light
  • Display not ideal for media consumption
  • Average processor performance

The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 is the third device to emerge from the collaboration between BlackBerry and Porsche Design. Like the other two iterations, the P'9983 is basically a standard BlackBerry device in a much more stylish (and expensive) shell. Unlike other metal-framed smartphones, the P'9983 goes the extra mile and provides a stainless steel frame instead of aluminum. The back cover, or the back door as Porsche Designs calls it, is removable so users can personalize their phone.

The standout design feature that grabbed reviewers' attention, however, is the keyboard. Modeled after the BlackBerry Q10, Porsche Design employees added a couple bells and whistles to account for the high price markup. Instead of the standard plastic keys, the P'9983 features specially-crafted keys made from composite plastic coupled with 3D effect for the lettering. Despite being a rather narrow phone at 2.6 inches, experts were impressed with the even spacing and overall size of the keys. Engadget adds, "The high-gloss keyboard is tremendously easy to run your fingers across, and there's a surprising amount of travel considering the size…"

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Above the keyboard is a 3.1-inch, 720 pixel display. Due to its small size, it provides an excellent pixel density of 328ppi. Although it provides experts with crisp and bright details, they also mention that it isn't the best for consuming media. Around the back of the phone is the 8MP, sapphire crystal-coated lens. Critics note that it isn't the best smartphone camera on the market, but add that it takes decent photos in bright light while low-light images were fairly grainy.

Internal specs are practically identical to the Q10: 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Likewise performance is similar. Experts had no issues doing basic tasks like browsing the web or checking emails. They only experienced real lag when trying to play 3D or other graphics intensive games. Battery-life is somewhat more impressive, lasting critics a full day of heavy usage. Other features include 64GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that accepts 128GB cards.

The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 is targeted to the "Power Professional" instead of the average consumer. Still, most reviewers have a hard time recommending it even to the more affluent crowd. The Next Web states, "…it's perhaps a little too run-of-the-mill…it somehow manages to not feel any more premium than an HTC One (M8)…"


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 23, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom, Europe, North America
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 10

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 1.05 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 486 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
540 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.7 x 1.1 cm
(4.7 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 140 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 720 pixels
Pixel Density 328 pixels
Size 3.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Burst shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom 3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info Image stabilization
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, QCP, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Evernote, Documents to Go, Adobe Reader, Box, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Included Software / Apps No
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