BlackBerry introduces Evolve and Evolve X smartphones in India

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Optiemus Infracom, which makes BlackBerry phones for the Indian market, expects the brand to capture 10-12 per cent market share of the Rs 25,000-45,000 smartphone segment by the end of this year.

BlackBerry - once a strong player in the smartphones market - is attempting a comeback in India with locally-developed and manufactured devices that run on Google's Android operating system.

The Evolve and Evolve X are also packing a fingerprint scanner, BlackBerry's DTEK security app, and the BlackBerry Hub. The BlackBerry Evolve X will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which is said to be the most powerful upper mid-range SoC which will power phones like XiaomiMi A2, Vivo X21 along with other phones.

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BlackBerry has taken a number of steps, including adopting the Android platform for powering its phones in attempts to re-capture its position.

The BlackBerry Evolve is a lower end model and comes with a Snapdragon 450 processor, supported by 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, it has dual 13MP RGB+13MP Monochrome cameras, a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging, which is still surprisingly decent for a low end device. 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. The screen of the phone will have a 5.99 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with an aspect ratio of 18:9 with 500 nits brightness. Connectivity options include a USB 2.0 Type-C port, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5 LE and GPS + GLONASS.

The BlackBerry Evolve featured with vertically placed dual camera sensors and dual-tone LED flash on the back side. The Evolve X will be on sale for INR 34,990 in mid-September. Both phones are priced significantly higher than competing devices with similar specifications.

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If you're keen to see a hands-on with the Evolve and Evolve X, head over to CrackBerry.

The Evolve also lacks wireless charging.

Both models will initially be available exclusively on Amazon India, to be later expanded at offline retailers.

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"These devices have features of a flagship at an affordable price and come with the security features that is synonymous with BlackBerry", he said.