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BlackBerry launches 2 keyboard-less phones with huge batteries in India

05 August 2018

There latest offerings come from an Indian manufacturer, Optiemus, with the venture yielding a pair of new devices - the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X.

The Evolve will launch at the end of the August 2018 for around $365. It runs on a clean Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Evolve will be powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with Adreno 506 GPU. Similar to the Black Edition, this KEYone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable via microSD.

In terms of connectivity, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack port, USB-C port, USB OTG and more. There's a dual rear camera setup on there, too, with one 13MP RGB sensor and one 13MP monochrome sensor.

There's similarly a dual-camera setup on the back, but oddly they're both 13-megapixel sensors that support HDR photography, which is something that BlackBerry didn't state for the Evolve X. The selfie camera is also 16 megapixels, also with its own flash. The BlackBerry Evolve X and Evolve are purely designed and manufactured in India. It will be coming with 6GB RAM+64GB storage with a microSD slot. These sport full view 18:9 display, Dolby Surround Sound, dual cameras, enterprise-grade security and privacy, and quick wireless charging technology.

On the display front, both the devices feature a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display that bears a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.

Another difference stands in the dual cameras - the EVolve X has a telephoto lens for its secondary camera and the primary is a 12MP f/1.8 one. The rear cameras of the phone can record 4K autofocus, HDR, slow-motion video and refocus mode and other features. The face unlock and fingerprint sensor on the device are ultra-quick and responsive, plus the Dolby Digital sound quality provides an wonderful end user experience.

Blackberry says you will be able to unlock the device in just 0.3 seconds thanks to the fingerprint sensors at the back.

The Evolve also lacks wireless charging.

The phone are only available through Amazon India and, at the moment, Optiemus did not release any details about their availability outside India.

BlackBerry launches 2 keyboard-less phones with huge batteries in India