BlackBerry CEO John Chen accidentally outed launch plans of the company’s next smartphone during the quarterly earnings call. During the call, Chen mentioned that BlackBerry will have a phone launch event in September in London, GigaOm reports. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
The phone, which will be called Passport, is likely to be the oddly shaped phone codenamed Windermere, which was leaked recently. It will have just three rows of keys and will feature a wider aspect ratio than usual. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
The Passport will also have a square 1440 1440 display, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a 3,450mAh battery.
BlackBerry reported lower than expected Q1 loss of $0.11 per share against the overall consensus of $0.26 per share. BlackBerry smartphone shipments also increased to 1.6 million units from 1.3 million units in the year-ago quarter. However, most of the gains would be on the grounds of aggressive price cutting of BB10 smartphones.
Things could look up for BlackBerry in the next quarter but a lot will also depend on how the Z3 performs, which is its entry-level BB10 smartphone. The BlackBerry Z3 will launch in India on June 25.