Blackberry Launches 2 New Smartphones

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Optiemus Infracom, an exclusive BlackBerry licensee in India, has announced a new selection of BlackBerry Evolve devices coming to India, including the Evolve and Evolve X, The Verge reports.

BlackBerry Evolve and BlackBerry Evolve fortifies Optiemus's focus on delivering powerful smartphones with stunning yet ergonomic design at competitive price points.

Both the Evolve and Evolve X are expected to launch on August 20th in India. Incidentally, the Evolve is backed by BlackBerry's uncompromising security standards. "With this partnership, we continue to build a strong portfolio in the smartphones category providing customers with a vast selection, great value and fast & reliable doorstep delivery, making shopping on a delightful experience".

No word from BlackBerry whether these phones will make their way stateside, but don't count on it.

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For the front, you get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which means that it can resist scratches when you put in your jeans. The Evolve X is set to launch in September for about $510. The phone will have a 5.99 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with an aspect ratio of 18:9 with 500 nits of brightness. As part of the characteristics it is known that smartphones equipped with Snapdragon 450, 4/6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal flash memory. Just like the BlackBerry Key2, the Evolve X also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset onboard along with Adreno 512 for better graphics experience.

The Evolve will be priced at INR 24,990, or about $365.

But take a look at the rest of the spec sheet and it's clear the Evolve X is the high-end model here. There's a dual rear camera setup on there, too, with one 13MP RGB sensor and one 13MP monochrome sensor. The Evolve, on the other hand, features a 13MP + 13MP dual rear cameras.

There's similarly a dual-camera setup on the back, but oddly they're both 13-megapixel sensors that support HDR photography, which is something that BlackBerry didn't state for the Evolve X. The selfie camera is also 16 megapixels, also with its own flash.