At an event in New Delhi, BlackBerry has launched today two new smartphones – BlackBerry Evolve and BlackBerry EvolveX. These phones have been designed and manufactured in India by Optiemus, which is BlackBerry brand licensee.
Both the Evolve and EvolveX have many similarities. Both of these phones sport a 5.99 inch, IPS LCD display with resolution of 1080 x 2160, 403 PPI and 18:9 aspect ratio with protection of Gorilla Glass 5. Both the phones are packed with a massive 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The Blackberry EvolveX comes with wireless charging. Both the phones have fingerprint sensor on the back and face unlock feature. Both the phones offer connectivity options of 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5 LE, USB Type-C, USB 2.0, USB OTG, FM Radio.
Both the phones run on Android 8.1 Oreo OS and come loaded with BlackBerry Hub- a unified messaging inbox which conveniently combines emails, texts and messages from social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, BBM, WhatsApp, Instagram and others. These phones also are 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.
On the imaging front, both the phones are mounted with 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and flash. The Evolve is equipped with 13MP + 13MP dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash whereas the EvolveX is packed with 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture and 13MP secondary camera with f/2.6 aperture.
The Evolve is powered by 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be extended upto 256GB via microSD card. On the other hand, the EvolveX gets its strength from Octa Core Snapdragon 660 processor with Adreno 512 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be extended upto 2TB with microSD card.
On the design front, these phones have soft touch back panel and grade 7 aluminium frame which make the devices ultra-durable. BlackBerry EvolveX is also equipped with Dolby Atmos.
BlackBerry Evolve is priced at INR 24,990 and BlackBerry EvolveX is priced at INR 34,990 and will go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in. The EvolveX will be available from end of August and the Evolve will be available from mid-September. These phones come bundled with Reliance Jio cashback offer of Rs. 3,950 and ICICI bank credit card offer of 5% instant cash back on EMI transactions.