Although recent years have been pretty tough for BlackBerry the company haven’t give up and is still launching new handset to the great delight of their staunch users. And just today, after teasing us for months, the company officially released their latest flagship handset, the BlackBerry Passport. The long-rumored device mostly known for his square screen and the innovative touch-enabled keyboard goes on sale today priced at $599.
‘Revolutionary’ BlackBerry Passport
The released today BlackBerry Passport became famous long before being officially unveiled mostly due to its square 4.5-inch display featuring 1440x1440p of resolution that is said to provide the future users with better image viewing than on a traditional rectangular screen, this is at least what the Canadian manufacturer is saying. The Passport’s unique screen form factor enables easier way of editing documents and spreadsheet, since it is capable to display even 60 characters in one line.
Moving on, another great advantage of the BlackBerry Passport is its hailed “revolutionary” new touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, which is reported to deliver you a highly convenient way to control the smartphone without necessity to use the touchscreen. The company ensures that this physical though touch responsive keyboard is four times more precise that a virtual keyboard. What’s even more interesting the keyboard will allegedly decrease the number of your typing errors by 74 percent.
The newest BlackBerry also sports BlackBerry Assistant that is the company’s own response to Siri or Cortana, which is said to be the first virtual assistant that was created especially for work. The Assistant understands the user’s command no matter whether they are typed or spoken and will have access to secure data. Apart from all these, the tech specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and optical image stabilization accompanied by a 2-megapixel front shooter.
The Passport also houses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at a 2.2 GHz paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. BlackBerry also claims that the Passport is equipped with the supreme speaker that has no equal rivals in terms of volume and sound clarity, which, if to believe, allegedly overlaps even the highly acclaimed speakers used by the HTC’s One (M8).
All these are powered by a massive 3,450 mAh battery that is said to deliver 36 hour of life. In terms of connectivity the phone will support all kinds of connectivity you may think of including 4G LTE and is said to work on the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3.
The new BlackBerry Passport is available via Amazon, its unlocked SIM-lock free version in the US costs $599, which makes it marginally cheaper than other rival high-end offerings. Of course, the pricing may vary depending on the region in which the handset will be offered due to local taxes and tariffs. For instance, in Canada it will cost $699, in Germany and France €649 and in the UK £529.
The company says that by the end of 2014 the BlackBerry Passport is scheduled to be available in 30 countries around the world (including Asian market) via carriers and distribution partners that are so far unspecified. BlackBerry hopes that carriers’ price offer will be similar to the price offered by TELUS, which sells the smartphone for $250 (It is worth mentioning that when buying the phone via TELUS between September 24th and October 21st you will additionally receive a $50 discount).
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