Optiemus Infracom, the company with the licensing rights to the BlackBerry smartphone brand in India launched the BlackBerry Evolve and EvolveX smartphones in India. The BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X in India for a price of Rs. 24,990 and Rs. 34,990 respectively.
Both smartphones will go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in while EvolveX available from the end of August and BlackBerry Evolve available from mid-September 2018. It comes bundled with Reliance Jio cashback offer of Rs. 3,950 and 5% instant cash back on ICICI bank credit cards on EMI transactions.
The Evolve and Evolve X have a similar design, and both also feature dual cameras on the back along with signature BlackBerry features, without the QWERTY keyboard seen on the Key2.
The BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X come with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display. The displays are coated with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. The display also comes with oleophobic coating which prevents the device from getting any fingerprints or smudges.
For security purpose, both the devices come with the DTEK app from Blackberry. Using this app, users can do everything from configuring the device lock to getting updates on the applications that are running and accessing device resources. The handsets also come with BlackBerry password keeper app, which lets you securely store all your important passwords in a single location. All the stored information is encrypted and is protected by a single master password.
Both devices run on Android 8.1 Oreo with a promise from Blackberry to release monthly security patches. A key highlight of both smartphones is the large 4000mAh battery which when coupled with the 14nm chipsets, should ideally offer exemplary battery life. The company claims that both devices come with boost charge feature powered by Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. On top of that, both devices also support wireless charging technology.
The Evolve features a 12+13 MP combo with a f/1.8 + f/2.6 aperture respectively. The pixel size is 1.4 um and 1.0 um respectively in the cameras which feature a six-piece lens. The Evolve X gets a monochrome sensor along with one RGB sensor in a 13+13 MP combo on the back. Both lenses here are f/2.0.
On the front, both phones have a 16MP f/2.2 front flash with a 178 degree FoV and tetra-pixel binning tech for better low light performance along with real-time bokeh.
Blackberry Evolve Specifications
- 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 506 GPU
- 5.99-inch Full HD+ Display with Gorilla Glass 5
- 4GB RAM with 64GB Internal Storage
- 13+13MP Dual Rear Cameras
- 16MP Front Facing Camera
- Fingerprint Scanner and Face Unlock
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 4000mAh Battery
Blackberry Evolve X Specifications