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BlackBerry 9980 Spotted in China: Fake or No Fake?

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This BlackBerry popped up  a few days ago on a Chinese web site, and it’s supposed to be the new BlackBerry 9980. I have to admit that the design is somewhat intriguing, but if it really looks like this, will it sell?

blackberry 9980 phone fake clone china smartphone

The phone has a lot of unusually sharp angles and comes from China, so there are no guarantees. It could definitely be a fake (especially considering it’s got the cryptic word ‘PROCEEDING’ engraved on the top).

blackberry 9980 phone fake clone china smartphone

The phone was even disassembled to check out what makes it tick, but I’m still a bit doubtful about its authenticity.


It’s definitely a departure from what BlackBerry smartphones are known for. It’s true that this could simply be a fake, or another device transplanted into a new case (though that looks unlikely from the interior photos).

blackberry 9980 phone fake clone china smartphone

Amidst all of the hoopla of RIM’s financial problems, I wonder if this phone will even sell. Especially if you can choose between the upcoming iPhone 5 and this one. Only time will tell.

[via Ubergizmo]