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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.
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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
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-23 (Update: 2014-09-23)