RIM BlackBerry P9981 Smartphone Is Re-engineered Bold 9900

Qatari-owned London-based retailer Harrods has announced that it will be stocking the RIM Blackberry P9981 smartphone, previously known as the Knight.

According to PhoneArena, a spokesperson for the company confirmed that the device was "in very high demand and was selling fast". Not surprisingly, the handset is available in English and Arabic versions and they are taking orders over the phone or instore but not on the luxury retailer's website.

The device is essentially a posher version of the Blackberry Bold 9900, but retails for around £1275 or nearly three times the SIM free price of the latter.

It comes with a single core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 2.8-inch 640x480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a five megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording plus Blackberry OS 7 operating system.

Todd Wood, Senior VP of Industrial Design at RIM, said, "The Porsche Design P'9981 is a truly modern luxury smartphone, where the timeless style of Porsche Design meets the unmatched mobile experience provided by BlackBerry."

The announcement comes as Nokia sold its Vertu Luxury Mobile Phone range earlier this month for around $400 million.