While the most awaited tech event of the year - the IFA 2014 is done and dusted, two major smartphone makers - BlackBerry and Apple are yet to make their respective announcements this month.
While BlackBerry has already slated their event for September 24th, Apple will be launching its new iPhone and perhaps also show the iWatch at the event scheduled on September 9th. Both these popularly known tech firms have already sent out the invites for their respective events.
Today, prior to the launch event, BlackBerry's most rumored Passport smartphone has again been hit with new rumor suggesting new variants. It suggests that the Passport handset which is unconventional in shape will apparently come in two color variants. While the device is pretty squarish in shape, it somehow does look pretty premium and is very conspicuously designed.
Moreover, according to the report from N4BB, sources close to the matter said that BlackBerry will also introduce a "premium" Passport, which will use either leather or glass weave for the back cover instead of the usual rubberized plastic on the standard model.
Adding more variants to the Passport phone, BlackBerry might also launch the uber-premium variant of the handset. According to the online reports, it is said that the device might also get a literally Golden treatment. In other words, the Passport handset will also be made available in Gold variant which will be obviously a "Special Edition." Can't expect an average price tag on this one but super expensive is something you can be sure of.
Although, the Passport may be one of the last of the smartphones that could be launched by the Canadian giant this year, but it has potential enough to rule the QWERTY market. Moreover, it is sure that the company has plans to release quite a few devices early next year.
To launch the phone, BlackBerry has, in fact, scheduled the same event across three locations viz. Toronto, London, and Dubai on September 24th.
As far as the specs are concerned, thus far, the leaks suggest that it will come with a 4.5-inch display (1440 x 1440 pixels) with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top of it. As far as the processor is concerned, the BlackBerry passport would be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974-AA) processor clocked at 2.2 GHz aided by 3GB of RAM.
The handset will have 32GB of built-in storage, expandable even further via microSD cards. Even the imaging aspect of the phone would be pretty impressive. It is reportedly said that the phone will come with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Rumors also hint at a 4K video recording capability. Passport's dimensions are said to measure 128 x 90.3 x 9.3mm, and it shall weigh 194.4g. Other specs include: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, SlimPort, NFC, GPS + GLONASS and a 3450mAh integrated non-removable battery.
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