Earlier this year, a bezel-less BlackBerry smartphone, then known as Ghost, was leaked by Evan Blass via Twitter.
The device is different from all the Android BlackBerry releases so far as it doesn’t sport a keypad but instead has a full touchscreen display with a rounded frame. Now, five months after, the device finally launched in India where one of the three licensees of the BlackBerry brand, Optiemus Infracom, is located.
The BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X were the first of the BlackBerry handsets to feature a modern 18:9 aspect ratio display. Aside from that, both will also include a dual camera setup and a larger battery. Optiemus also claims that the Evolve and Evolve X are the most secure Android smartphones.
Both the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display in 18:9 aspect ratio. What separates the two though is the use of CPU. The base model, Evolve, is powered by Snapdragon 450 SoC, while the Evolve X uses Snapdragon 660, the second BlackBerry to utilize the chip after the KEY2.
The BlackBerry Evolve has 4GB of RAM on board, while the Evolve X is accompanied by 6GB of RAM, but both hardware agrees in a decent 64GB of expandable memory. The battery on these smartphones is massive, both rated at 4,000mAh, with support for Quick Charge 3.0. Separating the upper midrange, Evolve X, from the base model is the wireless charging. Optiemus Infracom is even kind enough to provide wireless charging adapter on the retail box of Evolve X. Other smartphone makers sell that separately, so kudos to Optimus for doing that.
For the imaging, the BlackBerry Evolve is equipped with dual camera setup, a 13MP f/2.0 RGB and 13MP f/2.0 monochrome sensor, complete with dual-tone LED flash and fancy features such as 4x autofocus (whatever that means), slow-motion video capture, and refocus mode. For the BlackBerry Evolve X, there will be a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor assisted by a 13MP f/2.6 secondary sensor. On the front, both will have a 16MP f/2.0 camera with tetra pixel technology, LED flash, and a 78° FoV lens.
Both of the phone runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo, loaded with some BlackBerry security perks such as DTEK security, BlackBerry Password Keeper, and BlackBerry Privacy Shade among others.
Other features shared by the two models include USB-C port, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (of course), USB OTG, and the well-loved 3.5mm headphone jack. Backside, both of the model features fingerprint scanners, while the selfie camera could also function as face unlock (which isn’t really a good way to secure devices).
Unfortunately, the smartphones will only be exclusively available through Amazon India. No mentions of the global availability, but both phones will also be sold via offline channels later this year.
The BlackBerry Evolve is priced at Rs. 24,990 (~$365), while the upper model Evolve X carries a price tag of Rs. 34,990 (~$510). The BlackBerry Evolve X will start shipping later this month, with Evolve to follow by mid-September.