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BlackBerry Z10 Porsche Edition is over £1,000 at Harrods

Porsche Design has wrapped the BlackBerry Z10 in stainless steel and leather. It's posh, but it'll set you back a pretty penny.

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Andrew Lanxon

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Your BlackBerry Z10 might be all well and good, but it's not going to impress your oil-baron, airline-owning friends, is it? What you need is the Porsche P'9982 BlackBerry phone, which takes the internals of the Z10 and wraps it up in a Porsche-designed body. It's available in Harrods from 21 November for a cool £1,450.

The bulk of that money is of course going on the Porsche name, but you do at least get some good materials for your money. The body of the phone is constructed from stainless steel, while the glass-weave back panel is coated in "genuine Italian leather".

A special edition version with crocodile leather will also be available, but expect to pay even more for that one -- presumably because it's more dangerous to get the skin off the crocodile in the first place.

The metal slab at the top of the phone is engraved with the Porsche name, while the bottom is left blank -- although I reckon you could just scratch your own name in that space. It has a pretty aggressive, masculine design that won't appeal to everyone, but it's still more subtle than some of the outrageously expensive designs by luxury phone brand Vertu.

Design aside, the phone is much less imposing. It has the same internal specs as the Z10, including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch display with 1,280x768-pixel resolution, the latest BlackBerry 10.2 software and an 1,800mAh battery. Not exactly brilliant specs for the money. It does at least support 4G.

If the cheap and cheerful Motorola Moto G doesn't float your boat with its £135 price tag, you can wander over to Harrods this week to pick up your fancy BlackBerry.

What do you think of the BlackBerry Porsche P'998? Is it a worthy addition to BlackBerry's lineup or simply a waste of good cow skin? Click through the photo gallery above and let me know your thoughts in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.

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The back of the phone certainly has a more luxurious back than the Z10 on which it's based. Inside, the specs remain the same.
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It's wrapped in real leather. Bad news for cows, but good news for those of you who value luxury phones above bovine creatures.
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The Porsche branding is etched into the metal surround. Expect all kinds of pocket fluff to get lodged in there.
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The bottom panel is left blank, but you could always scratch your own name on there with the tip of a knife -- or have your butler do it.
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The buttons are metal too. It looks rather classy from the side.
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The 3.4mm headphone jack sits on the top. You'll want to pair it with most luxurious audiophile-grade headphones around.
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There's a micro HDMI port on the side to hook up to your 80-inch 4K TV.
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The P stands for 'Porsche'. Or possibly 'pretentious'.
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The 8-megapixel camera remains the same as it was on the Z10. You'll now be taking more photos of first-class airport lounges and fancy meals however.
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There's a subtle bit of Porsche Design branding found on the edge. Sadly, it's not a button that summons a Porsche to your office (I tried).
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Even the battery bears the Porsche name. Now that's something to be proud of. Right?
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The Porsche phone has a healthy 64GB of on board storage, but you can expand that further with a micro SD card slot.

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