What we know about the BlackBerry Passport

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With a zero per cent market share in the UK and being totally overwhelmed by the competition can’t make things easy for BlackBerry, but they’re persevering through thick and thin to deliver their unique brand of smartphones. Announced last month, the Passport is the company’s latest offering — but what do we actually know about it?

The hardware

A brief attempt to enter the touchscreen game with the Z series proved to be incredibly unpopular, and all BlackBerry phones since have reverted back to including a physical keyboard. The Passport is no exception and will include the QWERTY keyboard that make BlackBerrys what they are. That doesn’t mean the company is disregarding the touch screen entirely, since the Passport will also also come with a 4.5-inch touch screen display.

You might be thinking, 4.5-inch display AND a keyboard? That’s a little strange isn’t it? You’d be right, and the Passport is very strangely proportioned. Rather than having a rectangular screen that we’ve become used to, the Passport’s display will be square shaped. As you can see from the comparison photo with the  Bold 9900, the Passport is a really weirdly proportioned device.

Visual impressions aside, the Passport does have some impressive guts. It comes with 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, a 3450 mAh battery, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, though full processor specs are yet to be announced. It will also come with a microSD expansion slot, a camera capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps, and is LTE 4G ready.

Not much is know about the display, other than it has a ~453ppi pixel density. There’s also good new for Batman, as it comes in black. Sadly it’s only in black, and very very dark grey is not an option.

The software

The Passport will run on version 10.1 of BlackBerry’s mobile OS.While it’s not the most recent update to the software, it’s not obsolete either. Full details on BlackBerry 10.1 can be found here.

Other features

The features we know about aren’t particularly impressive, but things worth mentioning include BlackBerry Maps as well as image and video editing software (though there is no mention of how extensive these will be).

The release

No definite release date has been revealed yet, but it’s expected to be released this September.

Featured image from Uber Gizmo

By Tom Pritchard | July 15th, 2014