BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the Passport smartphone today. Passport boasts of an oddly square-shaped design and is the same size as an actual passport. Chen asserts that this phone packs beautiful hardware along with a sleek design that makes it an ideal work phone. 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’s wide display means more characters per line while reading a document, or a book. BlackBerry Director of Product Marketing Jeff Gadway confirms that on the BlackBerry Passport, you can read 60 characters per line as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 6, where you can view only 28 and 33 characters per line respectively. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
The phone has a massive 3,450mAh battery (up to 30 hours) and has a very unique touch enabled keyboard. The reinvented three-row QWERTY keypad has a unique swiping feature that scrolls up and down just by running your thumb in the desired direction across the keyboard. If you swipe backwards, the device automatically deletes what you type. The company claims that this keyboard is four times more accurate than virtual keyboards and that it will reduce your typos by 74 percent.
With the Passport also comes the new 10.3 OS that has a slew of features like Blackberry Assistant (virtual voice based assistant), BlackBerry Blend and upgrades to the BlackBerry Hub. The company compares BlackBerry Assistant to Apple’s Siri and showcases that Assistant gives you a more refined result than Siri. The virtual assistant, it is said, also gets better with time as a user spends more time with it.
Here are the key specifications of BlackBerry Passport:
|Dimension||128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm|
|Display||4.5-inch square screen with 1440 x 1440 pixel resolution with pixel density of 453ppi|
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor|
|Camera||13-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front-facing|
|Network||2G:GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G:HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G: LTE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE|