Blackberry Passport, a boxy new phablet, shown off by CEO John Chen
Blackberry has a daringly designed new smartphone on the way called the Passport. The design is rather square in its rectangular proportions and also hosts one of Blackberry’s popular hardware keyboards upon its face. However other than the brief glimpse the official Blackberry Passport pictures we have embedded below little else is known for sure about this phablet’s spec.
This large smartphone had previously been seen and heard of under the codename ‘Windermere’. However as with all unofficial leaks it was hard to achieve any certainty that what we were seeing was anything other than a mock-up, a test or a prototype.
— David Friend (@dj_friend) June 19, 2014
Beyond the eye-watering pictures of this almost square smartphone the rumoured spec of the Blackberry Passport is as follows:
- Display: 4.5-inch diagonal square display with 1,400 x 1,400 pixel resolution
- Processor: Quad-core MSM8974 Qualcomm Snapdragon
- GPU: Adreno 330
- Keyboard: QWERTY hardware keyboard on 3 rows
- Cameras: 13-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front
- RAM: 3GB
- Battery: 3,450mAh
- Dimensions: 3.18-inches wide (80.7mm)
You can see the Blackberry CEO John Chen holding the Blackberry Passport in the picture above. While the phablet looks very individual, and rather wide it does seem like it’s easily grippable. The Passport’s 80.7mm width is actually very close to that of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is 80.5mm wide.
So if you are a Blackberry fan who has been looking for a device with great screen real-estate AND a hardware keyboard perhaps this new device will be of great appeal to you. Has Blackberry found a device to offer the best of both worlds? I’ve reserve my judgement until I have had a hands-on with it. It will be launched in September and available to buy by 2015.
The other smartphone you see in the picture of Mr Chen is the Blackberry Classic which looks like much more familiar fare from the company.