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BlackBerry launches Passport smartphone

BlackBerry Passport square screen smartphone for business professionals
BlackBerry Passport
This BlackBerry 10.3-powered handset targets business professionals who need a smartphone capable of handling advanced office tasks without sacrificing style or portability.

BlackBerry Limited launched the Passport smartphone earlier today, as expected. According to the official press release, this handset with a large square touchscreen and a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard "is a device purpose-built for productivity-driven business professionals who want a smartphone that empowers them with the mobile tools they need to get things done, without sacrificing style or portability."

BlackBerry's CEO and Executive Chairman John Chen said "The BlackBerry Passport was created to drive productivity and to break through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices." These are its highlights:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Display: 4.5-inch IPS capacitive multitouch with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1440 x 1440 pixels and 453 ppi
  • Memory/Storage: 3 GB RAM; 32 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
  • 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 with BlackBerry Assistant, Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry Blend
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.43 pounds; 5.04X3.56X0.37 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: embedded lithium-ion 3,450 mAh; up to 30 hours of mixed use "when tested against a very active user"

The BlackBerry Passport has a quad microphone system and powerful speakers for excellent sound quality, while the BlackBerry Assistant feature offers support for both voice and text commands. This handset will be available for purchase online and in retail stores later this week.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-24 (Update: 2014-09-24)
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.