BlackBerry s Passport is set to launch tomorrow, but the company s CEO has revealed the device s price a day before launch. The unusually square-shaped smartphone will be sold for $599 sans subsidies, CEO John Chen told the Wall Street Journal. 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
Praising its own device, Chen said that the Passport should cost $700 , but hopes to lure in more customers with the $100 cheaper price tag. The phone will start shipping tomorrow in select markets, and will hit many more in next two weeks. It is expected to launch in India on September 29. The Passport’s release date is interesting, as it is happening just a week after Apple started selling iPhone 6, which has been selling like hotcakes at $650, and weeks ahead of Samsung’s Note 4 release. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
BlackBerry’s Passport sports a 4.5-inch square display with 1440 1440 pixels screen resolution, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset also comes with 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot to expand it, and a 3,450mAh battery. The device will run on BlackBerry 10.3 OS.