BlackBerry unveils new Evolve series of phones with massive batteries and displays

BlackBerry has teamed up with Optiemus, its Indian
manufacturing partner, to produce the new Evolve line of
smartphones, which includes the BlackBerry
Evolve
and the BlackBerry
Evolve X
. Both phones share tall screens with 18:9 aspect
ratios, and both also have massive batteries. The Evolve line
will ship running Android 8.1 Oreo.

Unlike BlackBerry’s last foray into the marketplace
with the Key2
, the Evolve line won’t have a physical QWERTY
keyboard. For security, both
phones
offer fingerprint sensors on the back, along with a
face-unlock feature. Both phones also sport 4000 mAh batteries,
charge via USB-C, and are compatible with wireless charging.

The Evolve will be available exclusively through Amazon India
towards the end of August for about $365, while the beefier
Evolve X will be offered mid-September for about $510. For the
extra bucks, users get an extra 2GB of RAM, for 6GB in total,
over the standard Evolve’s 4GB. Both come with optional
cashback offers from different Indian carriers and banks. Right
now, Optiemus hasn’t confirmed availability beyond India
anytime in the near future.

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