BlackBerry's much awaited flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport, finally hits worldwide market earlier this week. The square-shape handset has come at a time when the Canadian company utterly needs some kind of miracle to get back in shape.
The BlackBerry Passport is a weird handset, with a square shape screen and physical keyboard. The little 4.5-inch handset has a 1,440 x 1,440 pixels resolution screen (453ppi). With an aspect ratio of 1:1, it is unlike any other smartphone onto market today.
The 4.5-inch handset is about the same size and shape as a passport. At 3.5-inches wide, the device is wider than big-ticket phablets from the likes of Samsung and Apple. The BlackBerry Passport runs on BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The Amazon Appstore come pre-installed on the device itself. Users can also download apps from the BlackBerry World.
BlackBerry Passport is not an underwhelming product when it comes to fitted hardware. It's packing a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of native storage, microSD card slot, nano-SIM card slot, NFC, Miracast, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE/3G among others.
Being a high-profile phone, the makers have added a large 3,450mAh battery. The phone's battery should last up to 30 hours on a single charge.
In the imaging department, BlackBerry Passport surprisingly features a 13-megapixel camera with auto focus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and an LED Flash. The rear camera is also capable of recording video in Full HD. There's a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter as well.
BlackBerry Passport will be launched in India tomorrow. It is expected to cost somewhere around Rs. 45,000.
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The first thing you'll notice about the BlackBerry Passport is its 4.5-inch square display. It may seem weird, but should be perfect for a business executive. The 4.5-inch screen (1,440 x 1,440, 453DPI) makes it easier for a user to read tests, emails and word documents Moreover, users can view 60 characters per line of text, while iPhones don't come ever close.
BlackBerry's newly launched flagship handset has a traditional physical keyboard. The improved keyboard makes typing much easier and accurate. Basically, the keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport works like a trackpad, allowing users to use touch commands.
BlackBerry Assistant is an answer to Siri and Cortana. The digital assistant recognizes whether a command is a scheduled event, a contact, if it is work related or personal. The digital assistant recognises commands in English, German, Spanish and Italian
BlackBerry says the Passport boasts up to 30 hours of battery life. The phone also has a power-saving mode where the screen goes dark when the phone is placed face-down and comes back on when the handset is picked up again for use. This feature will surely appeal to users.
The BlackBerry Blend feature lets you access your phone remotely via an encrypted Wi-Fi connection from any Windows PC, Mac OS computer, Android tablets or Apple iPad. Basically when a user receive a BBM message on their Passport device in other room, they will see the notification on their tablet or PC.