Not long after the BlackBerry Key2’s debut in India, the company has decided to launch 2 more handsets in the nation – the Evolve and Evolve X. Unlike the more classic-looking Key2, the new pair doesn’t have physical keyboards.
In fact, the two look like most other Android phones from the front. It’s at the back that they appear to set themselves apart since they both have a textured rubberized back panel with the signature BlackBerry logo. The duo are actually Made In India phones since they were designed and manufactured by licensee brand Optiemus Infracom.
BlackBerry Evolve, Evolve X Differences
The Evolve and Evolve X are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and Series 7000 aluminum frame on the outside and BlackBerry’s signature security software on the inside. Highlights include a Password Keeper app to create and secure passwords, Root protection, and BlackBerry Privacy Shade to reduce the visible screen to just the area being accessed.
As for differences, the Evolve X supports wireless charging and the Evolve does not. The former also gets a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup and 6GB of RAM, while the latter has a 13MP + 13MP module and 4GB of RAM.
Specifications of the BlackBerry Evolve X:
– Display: 5.99-inch 18:9 LCD, 2160 x 1080 pixels
– OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
– CPU: octa-core Snapdragon 660
– GPU: Adreno 512
– Storage: 64GB, expandable up to 2TB
– RAM: 6GB
– Battery: 4000mAh
– Camera: 12MP + 13MP rear, 16MP front
– Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
The Evolve has been priced at Rs 24990, while the Evolve X goes for Rs 34990. The rates are a bit high considering the former runs on a Snapdragon 450 processor and the latter on a Snapdragon 660 SoC. Rivals like the OnePlus 6 cost Rs 34999 and come with a Snapdragon 845 CPU.
The Evolve is set to go up for sale on Amazon India by the end of August. The Evolve X will also hit Amazon India at some point in mid-September. Both BlackBerry phones will eventually trickle down to offline retailers.