By Ben Bowers
on 10.27.11

There’s no denying that the folks at RIM have gotten more things wrong than a bro on Wheel of Fortune College week. The newly announced Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry has no chance of making a dent in the company’s sagging bottom line, but it does illustrate that RIM still understands the direct correspondance between exclusivity and luxury appeal. Graced with a stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, and a distinctive QWERTY keyboard that looks ripped from a typewriter on cybertron, the phone has all of the monolithic trappings Porsche Design is known for. The device will run BlackBerry’s latest OS 7 and internal specs are fairly vague on the official website, with Porsche only taking the time to mention that it “transcends all trends..” and “communicates a personal attitude”. However, Engadget reports that there’s a “1.2GHz processor, HD video recording capabilities, 8GB of onboard memory, Liquid Graphics technology, a microSD expansion slot, and an NFC module.” Quantities are expected to be highly limited, but that’s not too surprising considering its rumored $2,000 price tag is over five times that of today’s leading superphones. The wait list of Saudi Oil billionaires has probably already filled up anyway.

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