BlackBerry launched the Passport yesterday, and there is quite a bit of buzz around the device owing to is unique squarish design. Seems like the new smartphone is not a one-off, and the Canadian company is reportedly looking at launching one unconventional smartphone every year, Reuters 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
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According to the publication, BlackBerry already has a prototype ready for the next unconventional device. It is said to be smaller than the Passport and can be easily used with one hand. This would rectify the one negative aspect of the Passport s design and size. This prototype is set to be launched next year, and is likely to be first unveiled at Mobile World Congress Barcelona.
Before that however, BlackBerry will launch the Classic some time later this year. The Classic aka Q20 sees the company going back to its roots with a small display, trackpad and a QWERTY keypad. From what we know so far, the smartphone is said to feature a 3.5-inch display, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,515mAh battery.
The BlackBerry Passport, which was launched in India yesterday for Rs 49,990, will go on sale on October 10. The smartphone features a 4.5-inch 1440×1440 pixels display and is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Also featured are 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB internal storage, microSD support, and a 3,450mAh battery. You can check out our first impressions of the smartphone here.