Now we’ve seen them, do you want them?
This week BlackBerry’s Indian licensing partner Optiemus announced the Evolve and the Evolve X. These phones are the first that the company is releasing that are fully designed and built in India under the BlackBerry name. These phones are also quite a departure from what we’ve been seeing from BB Mobile.
These all touch devices come with a huge 5.9″ screen, with a whopping 4000mAh battery to charge it. Also included in both phones is a 16mp front facing camera, 64GB of onboard storage, wireless charging (with a wireless charger we all want even if we don’t have wireless charging on our phones) and a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the device. After those similarities, things begin to change between the devices with the Evolve X having better specs in terms of SoC, RAM, and Dual rear cameras.
The phones are built for and in the Indian market, and there is so far no indication that we shall see the phone outside of that market. However, we can. Optiemus released the KEYone and KEY2 in India, so the possibility is there that BlackBerry Mobile could potentially release the Evolve devices in it’s markets.
Personally, I would love the idea of the three licensing partners releasing each model of the BlackBerry phones in each of their markets. While I would assume that each device would require a much smaller run, we could also assume that design costs would be much lower with each partner designing a model. I do wonder, what kind of demand there would be though.
At the same time, we have a lot of readers from India here. India is consistently in the top five locales that visit UTB Blogs, generally hovering in the number 3 or 4 spot. Because of this, I know that we have a lot of readers that will be able to pick up the devices without having to worry about international shipping or hoping for another partner to make the phones.
So let’s have a two part survey, the first survey is for our readers in India, asking if they will be picking up the new Evolve’s and which device that will be. For the second part, let’s ask those outside of the Indian market if they would purchase the Evolves if they came to our markets.
For the Indian market:
For other markets:
Comment below what you think of Optiemus’s entry into the world of BlackBerry smartphones!