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BlackBerry Passport video gives early look at bulky handset

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BlackBerry Passport

One of the weirder creatures on the smartphone scene, the BlackBerry Passport has made another early appearance, thanks to a hands-on video.

Landing courtesy of retailer Carphone Warehouse, the detailed BlackBerry Passport video offers a little more insight into the squat, bulky handset which has us at TrustedReviews scratching our heads.

Boxy, 4.5-inch display, check. Oversized form factor, check. Rows of outdated but seemingly still demand physical keys, check. The BlackBerry Passport has the lot and is the ailing Canadian manufacturer’s ambitious hope to revive its troubled fortunes.

The video highlights how, apart from offering a more ergonomic typing experience, the Passport’s physical keys can be used to navigate pages, or swiped across to delete data from input fields.

With a stainless steel frame giving the Passport some much needed high-end appeal, the handset has also been shown to offer BlackBerry’s improved voice command system.

Having already been officially unveiled ahead of a September launch, the Passport has been confirmed to pairs its 1440 x 1440 pixel 4.5-inch square display with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 10-megapixel rear-mounted camera.

An exact release date and pricing details are still unclear.

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Via: Neowin

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August 15, 2014, 11:40 am

Not sure what to make of this. On the one hand, it's good that BlackBerry had created a device that differentiates itself from other leading models, since BB wasn't doing so well competing with them directly. But on the other hand, I can't see this getting more than a very niche following, so it's hardly likely to revive BB's fortunes.


August 15, 2014, 12:20 pm

Awesome device so different and not a me too sheepish device. To the Authur: if you have not held or even used the device, my guess is you haven't. Why would you say its bulky, and write a negative review. I know some one is paying you people to write negative reviews. You really think people are that stupid. Don't want any devices made in China or Korea. They have dormant spyware and malware.


August 15, 2014, 3:26 pm

I really liked how it had the punctuation keys on the screen...making it possible to have more screen space when required. Less convinced by the lack of numbers but that's an issue on my android software keyboard too (extra keypress to bring up numbers).


August 15, 2014, 4:31 pm

If the smartphone market is heading for around 500 million a year, even a niche player can be very comfortable. Will BB ever be a large mobile company again? Almost certainly not. Can it survive making secure replacements for a lot of those vertically integrated appliances? Let's wait and see.
This thing is aimed at everybody who has to make a lot of on site notes. Medicine, law, civil engineering, insurance and financial sales would look like a start.
CIOs are already complaining that BYOD is a disaster, as is having to support too many platforms.

Adegbe Ogbeh

August 15, 2014, 6:58 pm

Exactly. the words squat and bulky will not endear anyone to this device and clearly the writer hasn't used one. How about all the giant samsung devices they rave on and on about in trustedreviews.
Give every device a fair hearing because we already know you'll give the iphone 6 flying marks before it comes out.
This is a ground breaking device and im definitely getting one.


August 15, 2014, 9:47 pm

Yes for years iPhones are lagging in quality(Poor battery life and screens breaking or OS locking up) and size but people still buying them


August 15, 2014, 9:59 pm

I don't recall the original Samsung Note being praised by the tech review sites, until it proved to be a success.Until then they were all smirk and bilge, a bit like this article.


August 15, 2014, 10:04 pm

Luke, proofread!

Shawn Burk

August 16, 2014, 5:59 am

OK, BlackBerry is really onto something here. If that screen looks that good outside, I can't wait to see it indoors. Stunning. I have a Z30 and it's no wonder it won best consumer device in "The Best in Biz" awards. Actually, BlackBerry has won awards for every new BB10 phone. I believe BB10 is like any new operating system in where it takes time to catch on. It took two years to get people to notice Apple and Android. I really don't want to give up my Z30, but with the Passport coming, it looks like It may be going to my wife. Just as well, she keeps using it anyways.

Graham Culleton

August 16, 2014, 2:41 pm

Like the looks of this. I do very little phone conversation but plenty of texts and calendar work. Notes and reminders/alarms and large onscreen text important as well. As long as this is easy to carry (jacket pocket) will investigate further.


August 16, 2014, 7:34 pm

After all the iPhone 6 vapourware articles, it's nice to see something real and genuinely innovative in the mobile phone space. The size looks perfectly reasonable for such a wide screen, and I'm sure there will be benefits to such a screen for composing and viewing emails, documents, spreadsheets, web pages etc.


August 17, 2014, 3:34 pm

Imagine holding this absurdity against your face to make a call! Another heavily shilled failure in the works on this one.

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