BlackBerry has sent out invitations to the media for a launch event on September 24, where it is expected to officially launch its latest Passport smartphone. The invitation titled “See the bigger picture” teases the Passports oddly large design structure. The timing of the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise as CEO John Chen had announced the September timeline during the company’s June quarter earnings call. Also Read - BlackBerry courts iPhone users with cashAlso Read - Watch BlackBerry Passport survive the drop test like a warrior
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The BlackBerry Passport has a 4.5-inch LCD display with 1440×1440 pixel resolution, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Passport will run on a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor paired with a 3GB RAM. The handset will have massive 32GB of built-in storage, expandable further via microSD slot. The device will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilizer, along with a 2-megapixel front camera. The phone packs a punch with a huge 3450mAh battery and is running on OS 10.3. Connectivity-wise, the Passport will support LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC. However, the interesting bit would be its unique and wide three-row QWERTY keypad.
The company is also expected to launch Blackberry Blend, a new software that looks to narrow the gap between BlackBerry phones and other devices on the same day. The feature will allow users to access the files and content on their BackBerry smartphone from a different device that supports BBM, calendar, SMS messages, emails, files and more. The BlackBerry Passport is expected to come with this software built-in.