Optiemus Infracom has announced a new line of
BlackBerry-branded smartphones for the Indian marketplace: 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 fellow BlackBerry licensee TCL’s latest device, the
the Key2, the Evolve won’t have a physical QWERTY keyboard,
but a standard full-width touchscreen instead. For security,
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.