The BlackBerry Evolve X and Evolve have been recently launched in India, at a recent event held in the capital. Both these smartphones would be sold in the country by licensee brand Optiemus Infracom. The company has also announced that these two handsets have been conceptualized, designed, and manufactured in India. The Evolve and Evolve X boast of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, Series 7000 aluminum frame, and a BlackBerry textured and rubberized back panel. Further, the BlackBerry Evolve X and Evolve price in India, availability, specifications, and other features have been revealed at the event. Let’s take a quick look.
BlackBerry Evolve X, Evolve: Price in India and availability
The BlackBerry Evolve X price in India has been fixed at ₹34,990 for the lone 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. On the other hand, the BlackBerry Evolve price has been set at ₹24,990 in India. The Evolve X would go on sale starting mid-September and the Evolve by end August. Both would be made available in India initially via Amazon.in, and subsequently via offline retailers.
Launch offers include a 5 percent cash back with ICICI Bank credit cards (only on no-cost EMI plans). Other than that, no cost EMI options are available from all leading banks. Benefits worth ₹3,950 are in fact available for Jio SIM card users.
BlackBerry Evolve X, Evolve: Specifications
The BlackBerry Evolve X and Evolve both run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, boasting of a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) FullView LTPS IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a max brightness of 500 nits, and oleophobic coating.
The BlackBerry Evolve X is again powered by the 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB of RAM. Onboard storage is capped at 64GB, expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). On the other hand, the BlackBerry Evolve is in fact powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, paired with an Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage on the Evolve states of 64GB, with expandable support via microSD card.
Talking of the camera specifications, the Evolve X sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels) and a 13-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.6 aperture, 1.0-micron pixels) with a 6P lens and dual tone LED flash.
The BlackBerry Evolve has a dual rear camera setup with two 13-megapixel sensors that again has f/2.0 aperture, RGB+Mono mode, and dual tone LED flash. Both phones share camera features including refocusing mode, 4X autofocus, and slow motion video.
On the front, both of them bear a 16-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 78-degree FoV, Tetra Pixel technology, real-time bokeh mode, and LED flash. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, once again, for both. There is support for wireless charging only on the Evolve X, and a wireless charger will be sold separately for it.
Both the smartphones have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor with a claimed to unlock time of 0.3 seconds, and in fact are the first smartphones from the BlackBerry brand to have Face Unlock capabilities with a claimed to unlock time of 0.4 seconds. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, FM radio, USB Type-C with OTG, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
BlackBerry Evolve X, Evolve: Features
The two new BlackBerry smartphones also talk of BlackBerry Power Centre app that uses deep learning to analyze usage and optimize battery settings. It also lets users modify RAM allocation for each app, and create custom battery profiles. Both handsets feature built-in Dolby audio, however, the Evolve X supports an evolved Dolby Atmos technology. The new BlackBerry Hub brings together all communication apps such as Facebook and Twitter into a single app to help users navigate through all the social media accounts.
Security features include the BlackBerry Password Keeper app that helps in keeping the passwords secure in a vault and also helps in creating new secure passwords. The BlackBerry Privacy Shade feature helps reduce visible screen size to the area which users are accessing. Root protection is also available with OS hardening.