Blackberry Evolve and Evolve X are the first iterations of it’s kind without a physical keyboard from the company. BlackBerry and its Indian manufacturing partner Optiemus have collectively launched these handsets in India yesterday. Both the handsets share a notch-less a display with a tall aspect ratio, dual cameras and massive 4,000 mAh batteries that power Android Oreo.
BlackBerry Evolve X
The Evolve X has a Mid-ranged Snapdragon 660 chipset with octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260). The handset has Adreno 512 GPU and up to 6 GB of RAM. For storage, we get a 64GB of onboard storage, that is expandable up to 512 GB with MicroSD card slot.
The display is a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covered 5.99” IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels) and 18:9 ratio. There is a small blackberry branding under the chin, and the fingerprint scanner is on the rear panel.
The rear panel also houses a regular dual camera setup with a primary 12 MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 13 MP sensors with f/2.6 aperture, coupled by a dual-tone LED flash. The selfie camera is a 16 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture for regular selfies. There is a flashlight present near the front camera too for video calls and selfies.
The 4000mAh battery powering the Evolve X is charged through a USB-C port and is back compatible with Quick Charge 3.0. There is also a wireless charging pad available that is sold separately by blackberry itself. The handset runs a vanilla flavor of Android 8.1 and comes loaded with company’s own in-house DTEK security platform.
The Evolve X will be available from August-end from Amazon India. The handset will retail for INR34,990 for the only black color option available.
Blackberry Evolve is a more affordable variant, that more or less looks the same but misses on the wireless charging, the 6 GB RAM, and a better processor.
Under the hood powering is an average Snapdragon 450 chipset (Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53). The handset has Adreno 506 GPU and an ample 4 GB of RAM. The 64GB internal storage can be expanded, up to 256 GB via microSD slot.
A horizontal dual-camera setup is present on the rear with 13 MP + 13 MP resolution. Both the modules are the Samsung 3L8 sensors. The selfie camera on the front has a 16 MP sensor with LED flash on the side.
The handset powers the vanilla flavor of the Android 8.1 Oreo just like its sibling. It has no Quick Charge support and is still available in Black color. Availability for this one starts in the midst of September 2018 as an Amazon Exclusive for INR24,990.