BlackBerry Bold 9980 Porsche Knight With QNX Please

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There is a lot of talk about the BlackBerry Bold 9980 R4 Porsche Knight aka the longest named BlackBerry ever. Screenshots have been coming out lately from a site called MaxPDA, which is the same site that claimed this would be the first QNX BlackBerry. Rumor points to the first QNX device being a full touchscreen device, which we’re apprehensive about because RIM has had a history of making really bad all-touch devices. More after the jump.

Porsche Night

Porsche actually did an awesome job designing the “Knight” and the device name is pretty cool. Sure, it’s very different from a standard BlackBerry, especially since it’s silver and not the traditional black. But that’s what makes it even better. Also, the keyboard seems to be the same ergonomic style as the Bold 9900 and its predecessors. The device looks to be running BlackBerry 7 right now, and in all likelihood this will just be a limited issue device for Porsche owners. BUT – wouldn’t it be cool if RIM’s QWERTY/touchscreen hybrid QNX device was the Knight? It’s a stretch and it’s unlikely that a BlackBerry 7 device would be able to upgrade to QNX, but purely from a form factor perspective it would be pretty cool.

Personally, I haven’t liked any of RIM’s full touchscreen devices and the Bold 9900 is probably the best device RIM has ever made. Wouldn’t it make sense to capitalize on the success of the 9900 and launch a QNX device with this form factor? It will probably happen eventually but making an all-touch device first is incredibly risky given RIM’s history. I say put your best foot forward which is a QWERTY device.

Here an article that points to MaxPDA’s claim that the Knight was the first QNX phone. They have since taken down the article.

Pictures of the BlackBerry 9980 can be found at MaxPDA here.

Some thoughts about the Porsche designed BlackBerry from Bla1ze here.

  • m h

    do you actually have confirmation that this IS designed by porsche? as on one of the first leaks threads bout this phone i made a comment that it looked spot on as the style of the porsche design house and since then it seems to have been labeled as the being designed by them on nearly every other blog… but this was simply my opinion based on their destinctive style, fonts and material use and finish.  No where has actually said anything about confirmation of this, does anyone actually confirmation from this or is it just pure speculation picked up from the blog postings, i’m really interested to see if this is true or not!

  • m h

    do you actually have confirmation that this IS designed by porsche? as on one of the first leaks threads bout this phone i made a comment that it looked spot on as the style of the porsche design house and since then it seems to have been labeled as the being designed by them on nearly every other blog… but this was simply my opinion based on their destinctive style, fonts and material use and finish.  No where has actually said anything about confirmation of this, does anyone actually confirmation from this or is it just pure speculation picked up from the blog postings, i’m really interested to see if this is true or not!

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    I think you’re right, it’s all rumor and speculation about whether it’s a Porsche designed phone. 

    The update from Engadget makes it seem like it’s a Chinese manufacturer that is selling the prototype phones, perhaps without RIM’s consent, to be bejeweled and bedazzled. 

    Link here: http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/11/mysterious-blackberry-surfaces-on-forum-possibly-9900-prototype/

  • http://blackberryinsight.com Hendrik

    Have you seen the video on maxPDA, where the guy talks about the device? He clearly says: “Operating System is OS 7″
    I wonder where this QNX talk is coming from.

  • http://www.cacell.co.za/BlackBerry-Torch-9810 Kevin – Blackberry 9810 Freak

    Is there any RIM Beta tests of 9980 around? If yes I would like to hear your feedback…

  • m h

    as long as they’re not being vajazled ;)

    despite all the criticism I still think this would have been one hell of a statement from RIM if it was the kick off for QNX, the world would certainly notice blackberries for once!

    if they are just chinese prototypes or odd knockoffs etc i need to track down how to buy one, gorgeous chucks of sexy metal that they are!!

  • http://www.blackberry-unlocking.org/unlock-blackberry/9780_bold Blackberry Unlocking

    Well it’s sure looks like a “Made in China” Blackberry… but just improved one.