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,
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 Rows of outdated but seemingly still demand physical keys, check.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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