The BlackBerry Evolve is going to launch in the last week of August in India. The mobile sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) FullView LTPS IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a max brightness of 500 nits, and oleophobic coating. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, paired with an Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage on the Evolve is capped at 64GB, which is expandable via microSD card. In terms of optics, the smartphone has a dual rear camera setup with two 13-megapixel sensors that come with f/2.0 aperture, RGB+Mono mode, and dual tone LED flash. Both phones share camera features including refocus mode, 4X autofocus, and slow motion video. On the front, both of them bear a 16-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 78-degree FoV, Tetra Pixel technology, real-time bokeh mode, and LED flash.
The Evolve comes with the BlackBerry Power Centre app that uses deep learning to analyse your usage and optimise battery settings. The handset features built-in Dolby audio. It comes with new BlackBerry Hub, that brings together all communication apps such as Facebook and Twitter into a single app to help you navigate through your social media accounts. Security features include the BlackBerry Password Keeper app that helps secure your passwords in a vault and also helps in creating new secure passwords. The BlackBerry Privacy Shade feature helps reduce visible screen size to the area which you are accessing. Root protection is also available with OS hardening.
Connectivity aspects on board the Evolve include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, v5.0, USB 2.0 Type-C, USB OTG, with A-GPS, GLONASS, and dual Sim. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood. The mobile runs Android 8.1(Oreo) out of the box. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor with a claimed unlock time of 0.3 seconds, and are also the first smartphones from the BlackBerry brand to have Face Unlock capabilities with a claimed unlock time of 0.4 seconds. Other sensors include accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, and ambient light. The BlackBerry Evolve is priced at Rs. 24,990 in Indian market.