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BlackBerry Passport launches tomorrow

BlackBerry Passport smartphone with square display and physical QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry Passport
This smartphone with a 4.5-inch square screen and physical QWERTY keyboard will be available in the US unlocked for $599 USD.

After a few leaks and some time spent in the rumor mill, the square screen BlackBerry Passport has been finally confirmed. The company's CEO John Chen told The Wall Street Journal that this new handset will go on sale in the US starting tomorrow, and it will cost $599 USD without any subsidies. He also said the BlackBerry Passport should be priced around $700 USD considering the value offered by its competitors, but they priced it lower "to get the market interested."

BlackBerry Passport will offer the following specs and features:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Memory/Storage: 3 GB RAM; 32 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
  • Display: 4.5-inch IPS capacitive multitouch with 1440 x 1440 pixels and 453 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Cameras: 2 MP front, 13 MP back with autofocus, OIS and LED flash
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n with hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 LE with A2DP, micro USB 2.0, NFC, GPS with A-GPS
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10.3
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.43 pounds; 5.04X3.56X0.37 inches
  • Battery: embedded lithium-ion 3,450 mAh

John Chen revealed that the BlackBerry Passport will offer up to 36 hours of mixed usage on a single charge. Tomorrow's launch event will take place in Toronto, London and Dubai. Since not all the specs above have been officially confirmed yet we will get back to this unique smartphone tomorrow, soon after its official release.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-23 (Update: 2014-09-23)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.