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Harrod's Selling Super Expensive Porsche Design BlackBerry

By - Source: Phone Arena | B 26 comments

RIM might be having a tough time as of late, but the BlackBerry brand definitely has its die-hard fans. However, we're not sure we see even the most devout BlackBerry fan purchasing this particular RIM handset.

Designed by Porsche and currently on sale at Harrod's, London, this phone costs just shy of £1300. At £1275, the price tag translates to $1997 USD by today's exchange rate. That's a pricey phone. So, what is it that makes this handset so costly? Previously dubbed the BlackBerry Knight, the phone is now selling as the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981. According to Phone Arena, it packs a 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 720p camcorder, and 8 GB of on-board storage. The Porsche Design logo is emblazoned across the top of the device, just above the earpiece, and the exterior of the phone is stainless steel and leather.

While we're skeptical as to how well this phone will sell, units are apparently flying off the shelves. Harrod's spoke to Phone Arena and said the phone is available for order over the phone, is in very high demand and selling fast. If you're looking to get one Stateside, N4BB writes that Porsche Design stores in the U.S. have begun marketing the BlackBerry P’9981 and the device is apparently up for pre-order priced at $1,700. No word on a solid release date, but it's thought to be coming out next month. Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Any takers?

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    mrmaia , January 4, 2012 7:59 AM
    RIM is learning from Apple that logos are more important than anything else.
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    freggo , January 4, 2012 12:31 PM
    Seriously, if you need a $2000+ personal communicator we need to raise your income tax. You clearly have too much money which is affecting your sanity :-)
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    apercu , January 4, 2012 6:47 AM
    The car decals make it go faster... Oh wait... -_-
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    knightofdames , January 4, 2012 7:29 AM
    just 1,700 USD no $#!t
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    mrmaia , January 4, 2012 7:59 AM
    RIM is learning from Apple that logos are more important than anything else.
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    lamorpa , January 4, 2012 11:28 AM
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    While we're skeptical as to how well this phone will sell, units are apparently flying off the shelves.

    You meant to write, "Though we were skeptical as to how well this phone would sell, units are apparently flying off the shelves."
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    kikireeki , January 4, 2012 11:39 AM
    BlackBerry.... mm I think I have heard that name before!
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    kin3000 , January 4, 2012 11:59 AM
    The design actually looks pretty good, but $1,700 good?? I don't think so.
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    cumi2k4 , January 4, 2012 12:22 PM
    They should just sell it in Indonesia, those phones will sell like hot cake here....
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    sunflier , January 4, 2012 12:24 PM
    A mobile phone that costs $1700.00? What recession??
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    hang-the-9 , January 4, 2012 12:30 PM
    Nice status symbol, but that much money for so little storage? What do they they are, Apple?
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    freggo , January 4, 2012 12:31 PM
    Seriously, if you need a $2000+ personal communicator we need to raise your income tax. You clearly have too much money which is affecting your sanity :-)
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    KelvinTy , January 4, 2012 12:39 PM
    I personally think the design of this "thing" is just as bad as the Porshe(s).
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    jgutz2006 , January 4, 2012 2:09 PM
    Just a way for the ultra wealthy to show off. Thing is, aside from the enthusiasts like those who read this article, It will appear to be just another phone unless they make sure to tell everyone what it is and what they paid for it... So nevermind, the narcissistic who buy it cant stand anyone around them not knowing who they are and what their status is.
    Its no different than a celeb buying a phone studded with diamonds, that is except for the fact that the diamond studded phone is actually worth the money spent on it and they can take those diamonds back out when done using it!
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    burmese_dude , January 4, 2012 6:16 PM
    Anything Porsche is for suckers.
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    iam2thecrowe , January 4, 2012 8:35 PM
    burmese_dudeAnything Porsche is for suckers.

    no, just for people with too much money.
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    intel4eva , January 4, 2012 8:42 PM
    Porsche should tread carefully associating themselves with RIM. If Porsche is trying to get into the luxury industrial design market, to milk out their name a bit, starting with BlackBerries is a baaaad move.
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    del35 , January 4, 2012 10:31 PM
    I bet it will be wildly successful. As Apple has shown, hype and moronery is far more important than substance. Welcome to the new normal con-artist Jobs unleashed on the clueless.
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    del35 , January 4, 2012 10:35 PM
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    Just a way for the ultra wealthy to show off


    Ummm, I dont think so. More of a way for the ultra-dumb to let the world know they are really dumb. As if the Apple logo were not enough to achieve the same end.
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    del35 , January 4, 2012 10:37 PM
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    Anything Porsche is for suckers.


    Ummm, I thought Apple reserved that privilege.
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    halcyon , January 4, 2012 10:45 PM
    It's a blackberry...it could never be worth more than $300. Unless it was made out of gold or platinum. Status symbol? No. Its a blackberry, it could never be a status symbol and if anyone knew what you paid for it they'd just think you were a dumb@$$.
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    bobusboy , January 4, 2012 11:02 PM
    iam2thecroweno, just for people with too much money.


    You can get a 911 for less than 40k if you know where to look.
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