Like a smart cat, BlackBerry is maximising on its nine lives, adapting to the different markets it serves. This isn’t the old BlackBerry everyone used to know.
What you might have missed is that while BlackBerry has a deal with TCL, they also have another deal with Optiemus of India, and this is where like its predecessor, which should actually read successor if accurate nomenclature is your thing, the Evolve X comes from.
The Evolve is already a few weeks behind schedule, but that isn’t what you care about. It’s a new BlackBerry, it looks good and is worth exploring, if you can get your hands on one.
The Berry runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, which is tied to an Octacore processor that runs at 1.8 GHz.
It has 4GB RAM, 64GB storage that is expandable via microSD card, and an Adreno 506 GPU. The 5.99-inch display supports 1080 x 2160 pixels-thoroughly impressive.
It’s rear camera arrangement might feel lacklustre, with dual 13 MP cameras, one being a monochrome sensor, with dual tone dual LED flash, and 1080p video recording as well as a front facing 16MP with LED flash.
It is an LTE phone, supports Bluetooth 4.2, as well as ‘AC’ WiFi and will charge through a Type C port. There is a rear fingerprint sensor for fast secure access to the phone, and, for those into cryptocurrency, a wallet on certain variants of the device as Optiemus tries to break into the cryptocurrency industry.
So, why would you would you want this limited edition phone?
First, it won’t be easy to get, seeing that it comes from India, but that aside, it is a very brilliant mid-range phone.
At literally six inches, it’s a big phone, and one will struggle to pocket it, but the huge display makes it a media consumption phone, and that never hurt anybody.
It’s also a good performer, with its chipset, memory arrangement, which makes it highly responsive.
It comes with pretty much stock Android 8.1 (Oreo), and without the bloatware, makes it a perfect arrangement.
BlackBerry promises monthly security updates, which are necessary in today’s world. Then, the battery at 4,000mAh, will get you pretty much a whole day in without worrying about charging it.
There doesn’t seem to be any fault with this phone, but it’s too early to tell at this stage. So far, they seem to have gotten it right with this one.
It ships this week, will cost around Ks 36,000, and this should brighten your life.