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White BlackBerry Passport announced with ‘porcelain feel’ rear

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The BlackBerry Passport, the unusually boxy smartphone heading for launch this September, will land in both black and white colour schemes, the Canadian manufacturer has confirmed.

With the traditional black handset having been unveiled earlier this year, a white BlackBerry Passport has now been showcased, with the lighter toned device said to feature a ‘porcelain feel’ rear – whatever that might be.

Aside from being a point of variety against the mass of dull black handsets, the Passport isn’t just any old white in colour, oh no, BlackBerry has said it has used a bespoke shade of white to better accentuate the phone’s metallic edging.

Our team chose this exact share of white to work with the warmth of the unique, stainless steel frame,” BlackBerry designer Brian Paschke told BerryReview in a seemingly none sarcastic manner. “The colour is custom to BlackBerry.”

With feel of a smartphone almost as important as how it looks, the white Passport has been bestowed with a ‘porcelain feel’ rear which the company claims is “smooth to the touch while providing grip”.

A squat, 3.18-inch wide handset, the Passport is set to feature a 4.5-inch square display with a 1440 x 1440 pixel resolution.

Powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, the Passport will be released this September with an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera in tow alongside a 3.7-inch snapper up front.

Despite having received mixed feedback since its unveiling due largely to its unconventional dimensions, BlackBerry has suggested it believes this is exactly what could make the phone a hit.

“The Passport leverages our strengths and heritage, yet is new and innovative,” Paschke said.

He added: “As the name implies, the format is inspired by a traveller’s passport; a familiar and universal symbol of mobility. This familiarity has potential to leverage existing systems and standards.”

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Adegbe Ogbeh

July 24, 2014, 11:56 am

WOW a semi decent review of a blackberry device.

nim aa

July 24, 2014, 1:41 pm

With the new BlackBerry coming out I better sell my old BlackBerry before the value of it drops. I usually search 10-13 different sites to find the best offer, but I just found this company that compares all the buyback companies in one spot, it’s called RecomHub.

It’s like Kayak but for electronic devices that show you all the offers in one spot.

xBURK

July 24, 2014, 6:24 pm

By far the nicest device I've seen in years. Can't wait!

Carl Swanson

July 24, 2014, 8:44 pm

Wait wait wait.... The next update will fix EVERYTHING. Ahahahahah! Blackberry.

xBURK

July 24, 2014, 9:14 pm

Who's the Ant?

Kem

July 24, 2014, 11:04 pm

The rear camera is rumored to be 13MP, not 8. I can't wait to get my hands on this phone! I wanna try the touch-sensitive keyboard!

Guest

July 25, 2014, 5:06 am

This device will bring me back to BlackBerry. It will definitely standout and seems truly innovative. Never thought I'd buy a phone with a qwerty, but with the capacitive touch, I'm in. I just hope both AT&T and Verizon will carry both models.

BBRTOSQNX

July 25, 2014, 5:35 pm

3.7-inch snapper?

Charley Ghanem

July 26, 2014, 2:40 pm

the mother of all smart phones will succeed. it has to....look at the phone its amazing.

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