There was a lot of controversy surrounding the BlackBerry Passport before the phone was released. Because of its rather unconventional design, some experts predicted that it will suffer an epic fail, but it didn’t happen. In fact, the reception was so positive that it looks like BlackBerry is thinking about a follow-up. A certain device codenamed Oslo and featuring a titanium body has just leaked out and everything point to the fact that it may be the successor of the BlackBerry Passport.
BlackBerry Oslo will arrive with bigger square screen over the Passport
The Blackberry Oslo has been spotted in a leaked photo which surfaced on BlackBerry Central. Even though the picture is not very clear, you can easily notice that the Oslo is very similar to the Passport. The phone has a square screen, allegedly offering 1440×1440 resolution, that is the same as the Passport; however, size hasn’t been revealed. The Passport has a 4.5-inch display and if the Oslo is larger, the difference shouldn’t be very dramatic simply because anything much bigger than 4.5 inches would be pretty uncomfortable to handle due to the phone’s unusual shape.
Below the screen is a physical keyboard resembling the one used in the Passport. It’s quite probable that it will feature some additional functionality too, such as scrolling. The BlackBerry Oslo is rumored to come with a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization on the back, a 2-megapixel shooter for selfies, and a 3,450 mAh battery to keep the lights on. The rest of the specs remain a secret for now, though we heard that the Oslo will share many components with the Passport including a Snapdragon 800 processor and possibly the same amount of RAM and built-in memory. It will ship with the latest version of BlackBerry OS out of the box.
According to some reports, the BlackBerry Oslo was already presented to a very limited audience during a secret event at this year’s MWC in Barcelona, though we don’t know how credible this information is. Anyway, the phone is supposedly scheduled for announcement on June 30th after which it will roll out globally.