BlackBerry announces two new handsets, the Evolve and Evolve X

Joanna Estrada
August 4, 2018

Unlike the KEY2 which comes with a QWERTY physical keyboard, the Evolve lineup will go traditional with a 5.99-inch FHD+ LTPS display that has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.

Both handsets are meant for India with the Evolve X expected to make its way to retail via Amazon sometime at the end of August and will cost ₹34,990 or around $510 United States dollars.

Although the two phones carry the same design, they are slightly different in terms of hardware.

The Evolve will have much more modest specifications when compared to its "X" sibling, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage with expansion via microSD. There is support for wireless charging only on the Evolve X, which comes with a wireless charger.

Like the BlackBerry Key2, the Evolve X has a Snapdragon 660 chipset with octa-core CPU, clocked at 2.2 GHz. As mentioned earlier, the Evolve and Evolve X will come powered by Snapdragon 450 and Snapdragon 660 processors respectively. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo. The Evolve sports dual 13MP cameras on the rear and a single 16MP camera on the front. WiFi mc is the next generation of wireless connectivity that enables indoor positioning on handheld devices.It does this by measuring the time taken for a signal to travel from the access point to your handheld device and back to pinpoint your location. Additional rear camera features include slow motion video-recording, 4X autofocus, and refocus mode.

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. While the video does not give clear visuals of the front of either phones, it shows the phone's back, that can be seen sporting dual-rear cameras with flash support, as well as a fingerprint scanner. The dual camera setup on the Evolve X has a standard and a tele-photo configuration while in the Evolve, one sensor is RGB or colour and the other is monochrome.

We can find differences between these two devices in the camera department. Given the specs of both the smartphones, we are not quite convinced with the respective price tags that the company has put on them. Interestingly enough, BlackBerry says it supports HDR but didnt state the same for the Evolve X, suggesting it might have implemented a better setup in the more affordable device. It will be available from the end of August at Amazon India and will have cashback offers from Reliance Jio and ICICI Bank. Unfortunately, BlackBerry will not be live streaming the event, though updates from the launch could be spotted from the BlackBerry India Mobile Twitter page. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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