BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X Launched with 18:9 Screens, Massive Batteries

On: August 2, 2018

Today through an unveil event in India, Blackberry licensee Optiemus Infracom announced the arrival of Evolve and Evolve X smartphones. These are the first BlackBerry phones with 18:9 aspect ratio screens. Like other BlackBerry phones, these devices are also packed with security features from company.

BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X Specifications and Features

The Evolve and Evolve X smartphones are fitted with 5.99-inch IPS LCD screens that produces Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The screen of both phones is shielded by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The BlackBerry Evolve is driven by Snapdragon 450 SoC and 4 GB of RAM. It has a native storage of 64 GB. For more storage, users can make use of a microSD card on this phone. The dual camera setup residing on the backside of the phone includes a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel monochrome sensor. At the front is the 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It is packed with a 4,000mAh battery which carries support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.


The BlackBerry Evolve X is a more powerful smartphone as it is fueled by Snapdragon 660 SoC and 6 GB of RAM. It is also equipped with a native storage of 64 GB and a microSD card slot. The back pane of the phone features a dual camera module that includes an f/1.8 aperture 12-megapixel primary sensor and f/2.6 aperture 13-megapixel secondary telephone lens. It is fitted with a selfie shooter of 16-megapixel. The handset draws power from Quick Charge 3.0 enabled 4,000mAh battery. The Evolve X also supports wireless charging. The company is providing a wireless charger along with the handset. The smartphone also supports better user audio experience as it is enabled with Dolby Atmos support.

The Android 8.1 Oreo is preinstalled on the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X smartphones. Apart from DTEK security, these smartphones are equipped with BlackBerry Password Keeper for safeguarding passwords and BlackBerry Privacy Shade for preventing onlookers to seeing the contents of the screen. These handsets also feature BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Power Center app that maximizes the battery performance by analyzing the usage pattern.

The other common features of these phones include USB-C, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, GPS and 3.5mm audio jack. Apart from fingerprint scanner, these devices also carry support for face unlock.

BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X Pricing and Availability

The Evolve and Evolve X are respectively priced at Rs. 24,990 and Rs. 34,990. These handsets will be exclusively available through Amazon India initially. Later on, the Evolve smartphones will also available offline. The sales of the Evolve X is slated to begin by the end of this month whereas the Evolve will release by mid-September.

ICICI bank credit card users who purchase the BlackBerry Evolve or Evolve X through no cost EMI option will receive 5 percent cash back. Jio SIM card users can avail benefits worth Rs. 3,590.

BlackBerry claims the Evolve and Evolve X are the most secure Android smartphones. What do you think about their specs and pricing? Let us know your thoughts by posting your comments below.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.