As expected, BlackBerry today launched the Passport in India today. The Canadian company s square-shaped smartphone is priced at Rs 49,990, and will be available for pre-orders on Amazon India and at BlackBerry’s retail stores starting today till October 10. 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 Passport, as the name suggests, dons the shape and size of a real passport. While it may seem odd at first, the company claims it is ideally designed for enterprise users on the move. The 4.5-inch square display can show 60 characters per line, which is way ahead when you compare it to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 6, where you can view only 28 and 33 characters per line respectively.
Below the display is a three-row QWERTY keypad, which is also touch-enabled. In other words you can either tap on individual keys or swipe across keys to type. BlackBerry claims that the Passport s keypad is four times more accurate than virtual keyboards and that it will reduce your typos by 74 percent.
To recap on the specifications, the BlackBerry Passport flaunts a 4.5-inch square display with 1:1 aspect ratio, a resolution of 1440 1440 pixels and a density of 453ppi. The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
The smartphone is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor coupled with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Also featured are 32GB internal storage, microSD card support, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3,450mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough to last up to 30 hours on a single charge.
Connectivity options include LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. On the software front, the Passport runs on BB10.3 operating system. This new OS brings in a flatter UI, a virtual assistant called BlackBerry Assistant, and a feature called BlackBerry Blend. This feature essentially lets users access one s emails, BBM texts, and other notifications from a BlackBerry device on Macs, PCs, Android tablets, and iPads. The company has also preloaded the Amazon Appstore for all the Android app needs while the Blackberry World app store will focus on enterprise apps.
As an introductory offer, BlackBerry will be offering Rs 5,000 worth of gift cards to buyers pre-booking the Passport on Amazon India. Additionally, the company will also be offering 5,000 complimentary miles to Jet Airways’ frequent fliers.