In the previous month, BlackBerry licensee Optiemus Infracom had launched the Snapdragon 660 powered BlackBerry KEY2 smartphone in India. Today, the country has received the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X handsets. These devices are the first 18:9 aspect ratio supporting smartphones from the company. Both the smartphones are packed with dual rear cameras and large-sized batteries. The company claims the Evolve and Evolve X are the most secure Android smartphones.
BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X Specs and Features
The BlackBerry Evolve features IPS LCD display of 5.99 inches. The 18:9 aspect ratio display produces Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Evolve X also features the same display that supports 18:9 aspect ratio.
The Evolve smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 450 and 4 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Evolve X is the second smartphone from the company after KEY2 to feature Snapdragon 660. The SoC is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM. Both the smartphones are packed with 64 GB of internal storage. For additional storage, users can make use of a microSD on these smartphones. BlackBerry has included 4,000mAh batteries on both smartphones. These phones are also enabled with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The wireless charging is only available on the Evolve X. The box package of the Evolve X includes a wireless charging adapter.
For photography, the BlackBerry Evolve is fitted with a dual-tone LED flash enabled vertical dual camera setup. It features f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel RGB sensor and f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel monochrome sensor. The dual cameras offer features such as 4x autofocus, slow-motion video shooting and refocus mode.
The vertical dual camera setup on the back panel of the Evolve X smartphone features an f/1.8 aperture 12-megapixel primary sensor with a pixel size of 1.4micron. It is assisted by an f/2.6 aperture 13-megapixel secondary sensor with a pixel size of 1micron.
Tetra Pixel technology and LED flash powered 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and a field-of-view of 78 degrees is present on the frontside of the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X.
The BlackBerry Evolve are loaded with Android 8.1 Oreo. The company has included some of its propriety features on these smartphones such as DTEK security, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Password Keeper for securing passwords, BlackBerry Privacy Shade that prevents others from viewing whats on the screen and BlackBerry Power Center that optimizes the battery life to last longer by examining the usage pattern.
The other features that are available on the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X smartphones are USB-C, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG and 3.5mm headphone slot. The backside of both the smartphones feature square-shaped fingerprint scanners. Also, the front cameras of Evolve duo function as face unlock.
BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X Pricing
At first, the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X smartphones will be exclusively available through Amazon India. Later on, these handsets will be made through offline outlets. The BlackBerry Evolve is priced at Rs. 24,990 (~$365) and its sales is expected to begin by mid-September. On other side, the Evolve X carries a price tag of Rs. 34,990 (~$510) and its sales is expected to start later this month.
ICICI bank credit cards owners who purchase the Evolve or Evolve X through no cost EMI option will be provided with 5 percent cash back. Reliance Jio is offering cash benefits of Rs. 3,590 to the buyers of Evolve or Evolve X.