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BlackBerry releases 50 black and gold Passports

Have you got your Passport? Bet it’s not as fancy as this one.

BlackBerry has unveiled a black and gold limited edition version of its Passport handset. That adds to the range of colours already available: black, white and red.

Each is engraved with “Limited Edition” and the production number, and comes with a Valextra cover made from soft calf leather. Plush.

It’s available in the US or Canada for $999 and $899 respectively. There’s no word on a UK release, but with only 50 being made, we wouldn’t hold our breath.

The handset seems inspired by BlackBerry’s customers customising their phones. Actor-cum-rapper Drake reportedly spent a whopping £1,999 blinging up his BlackBerry. Another fan by the name of Jim Opfer took his to a plating shop and took it apart himself so it could be pimped.

BlackBerry is at pains to point out that buying direct from it is a lot cheaper than tricking the device out with a third party. It also won’t invalidate your warranty.

Read more: BlackBerry Passport vs iPhone 6

The Passport is shaped like its namesake. Its unconventional design split opinion: some praised the wider screen as offering more context to a document, making it easier to edit; others found it heavy and awkward to use in one hand.

BlackBerry has had a tough few years, and it’ll take more than a fancy phone to save it. Last week rumours surfaced that Samsung wanted to buy the ailing business blower maker, but both companies denied it. Rather, Samsung claimed it wanted to boost its partnership with the Canadian company.

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