Porsche Design BlackBerry P9981 unveiled costs an arm and a leg

first_imgBack in September, a mysterious and snazzy BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 remix popped up in China. Now it’s looking a whole lot more official than it once was, with the strikingly similar BlackBerry P9981 unveiled by RIM and the folks who crafted it, Porsche Design.Gone is the plastic front bezel, replaced with a shined-up stainless steel face. Like the 9980, the P9981 sports the crosshair-emblazoned optical trackpad instead of the button-style one featured on most BlackBerry phones. The back of the P9981 eschews the carbon fiber-look plastic for a tooled black leather wrapping. There’s even an exclusive theme applied to the BB7 OS.The Bold Touch 9900 was easily RIM’s best-looking phone to date, and the Porsche Design P9981 is a snazzy upgrade. Under the hood, the hardware is the same: a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP rear shooter, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1.But as is the case with most of RIM’s recent announcements — like the fact that  BBM and email have now been dropped from PlayBook OS2 (which itself has been delayed) — the P9981 news has a sad trombone soundtrack.It’s projected to sell for around $2,000, will be produced in extremely limited numbers, and they’ll only be available from Porsche Design stores. So while Android and Windows Phone manufacturers continue to up their collective game and make sexier designs the norm, RIM has made sure the P9981 is an unattainable purchase for the Average Joe.But hey, at least RIM is setting aside an exclusive range of PINs that will allow P9981 owners to identify each other. Somehow I doubt it’ll be that hard to spot one…More at Tbreak and Engadgetlast_img read more