£1,275 BlackBerry Porsche P’9981 Will Launch In U.K. By Year’s End

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Pop quiz, phone fans: what device will you soon be able to buy in the U.K. that costs nearly twice as much as a Galaxy Nexus and looks three (maybe four!) times stranger? Well, if you’ve read the headline, you already know the answer: it’s the BlackBerry Porsche P’9981.

T3 reports that high-end retailer Harrod’s will be carrying the love-it-or-hate-it device in store by the end of the year. What really gets me is the price tag for it: the Porsche will sell for £1,275 (that’s just a hair under $2,000).

Wow. Let’s take a step back and consider that for a moment. For the same price you could spend on a BlackBerry Porsche, you could buy both an iPhone 4S and a Galaxy Nexus with enough left over to swing round Tesco and buy a few boxes of Jaffa Cakes. Tell me, UK readers, which would you rather do?

The Porsche P’9981, if you recall, is a limited edition BlackBerry designed in conjunction with the style mavens at Porsche Design. While the P’9981’s looks are… striking, the internals (1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video, and an NFC chip) don’t do much to differentiate it from its less-gaudy brethren. I’d be surprised if Harrod’s managed to sell more than three of these things, but alas, I am but a poor writer and have no appreciation for the finer things in life.