BlackBerry's Evolve smartphones ditch physical keys in favour of touchscreens


The Evolve line will ship running Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. We spent some time and this is what we think of it.

When you thought BlackBerry is probably done with the KEY 2 this year, the company has launched two new touch screen phones together with Optiemus Infracom, the company's licensee in India.

Latest BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry Evolve and the BlackBerry Evolve X were launched today. Both phones will be exclusive to Amazon India.

These are also uniquely secured with BlackBerry's world-class device security implementation, using additional measures from the kernel level all the way up to the application layer of the devices, including DTEK by BlackBerry application. Although both the products are priced quite below the latest BlackBerry smartphone, they have capable processors.

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BSE-listed Optiemus Infracom has a manufacturing and distribution tie-up with BlackBerry for India and neighbouring markets. The rubber textured look sure makes it comfortable to hold, however, the phone is thicker as compared to other phones available in the market. Moreover, industry-leading Gorilla Glass 5 protects the display of the device. Both the phones come loaded aluminium frames, which adds some sturdiness. The BlackBerry Evolve will set you back 24,990 rupees or $364 United States dollars, while the Evolve X is 34,990 rupees or $509 USD. The phone will have a 5.99 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with an aspect ratio of 18:9 with 500 nits of brightness. Evolve will be powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with Adreno 506 GPU. The device comes with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB. Right now, it is too early to comment on the performance, looking at the sheer specifications, both the phones look overpriced. The company set the price of the Evolve is Rs. 24,990 (~$365). The Evolve X also supports wireless charging.

Coming to the software, a thing that is touted to be the major highlight of both of them. While these budget devices offer different combinations of RAM and internal memory, the BlackBerry Evolve is only available in a single variant.

Evolve comes equipped with a powerful 13MP+13MP dual rear camera and dual-tone LED flash, producing awesome results, even in low light conditions. The X model has 12MP + 13MP cameras at its back with PDAF, 4K video recording abilities, and a more high-end photography setup overall.