We’ve been hearing for a while that BlackBerry is working on something special and today we got our official confirmation. During BlackBerry’s fiscal first quarter 2014 conference call the company’s CEO John Chen acknowledged that the Canadian manufacturer is preparing to release new phones this fall, in September to be more exact. Even better, Mr Chen happily smiled for the camera while holding the upcoming handsets known as BlackBerry Passport and Classic. Out of the two, the Passport is of more interest for us as it is rather unusual in design coming with big square screen and tiny keyboard.
Blackberry Passport aka Q30 Windermere
Square screen is nothing new in BlackBerry phones – for example, the Q10 has one. What’s different this time is the proportion between the screen and the keyboard. The display of the BlackBerry Passport is said to measure 4.5 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels at 453 ppi. For comparison, the Blackberry Q10 features 3.1-inch screen. The QWERTY keyboard of the Passport with its 3 rows of keys looks miniature. According to the latest report, the phone will be able to run Android apps downloaded from Amazon Appstore, though there is no telling how they will behave on 1:1 screen.
If the Passport looks familiar, it’s because we have already seen it. Earlier this month the device leaked out as BlackBerry Q30 Windermere. Alleged specs for the phone include quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with 3 GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a massive 3,450 mAh non-removable battery. More interesting, however, are the rumored properties of its keyboard. It is said to combine physical keys with capacitive functionality which means that you will be able to use the keyboard as a trackpad and, for example, swipe to delete words or scroll up and down.
It goes without saying that the Passport is a remarkable device with provocative design. Frankly speaking, the measurements look somewhat off the balance and seem to give the phone disproportionate appearance, but that’s just our personal opinion. After all, there’s no accounting for tastes and the Passport is sure to tickle somebody’s fancy. Or at least this is what BlackBerry is hoping for. The only thing we can do is to keep our fingers crossed for successful outcome.