RIM Intros Crazy Looking Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry

Now this is a BlackBerry. To anyone suggesting that all BlackBerry phones look the same, just have a look at this guy. Introduced this week in partnership with Porsche Design, the new Porsche Design P'9981 smartphone from BlackBerry is easily one of the most flamboyant RIM handsets to ever be introduced.

It's build with a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. This customized Porsche Design P'9981 comes with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusive PINs that help easily identify another P'9981 smartphone user.

It's built on a performance driven platform that features a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, NFC, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications. It comes with 8GB of on-board memory, expandable up to 40GB with a micro SD card. BlackBerry OS 7 is onboard, so there's no BBX or QNX to speak of.

Shipments will rip off of the starting line later this year, and reports are suggesting an estimated selling price of around $2000. Yikes!