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BlackBerry unveils Passport Silver Edition smartphone

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition QWERTY keyboard smartphone with square display
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition
This updated Passport smartphone comes with improved durability and battery life, a refined designed, and includes more than $130 USD worth of accessories in the package.

BlackBerry Limited unleashed the square screen Passport smartphone back in late 2014, and now they release an upgraded version on the US market, called Passport Silver Edition. This smartphone has about the same features and specs as the original, but sports a refined design and also comes with $130 worth of free bonus accessories.

According to BlackBerry's Global Head of Design Scott Wenger, the Passport Silver Edition "brings together BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus." This handset offers up to 30 hours of mixed use, comes preloaded with BlackBerry OS 10.3.2, and has the same specs as the existing Passport - Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, 4.5-inch square IPS display, 13 MP camera with OIS and LED flash, as well as a physical QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition can already be purchased in North America via ShopBlackBerry.com for $549 USD. Global availability will follow soon. In the US, customers who order the handset before August 19 are eligible for the gifts package mentioned earlier. For more details, please check the press release below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-08- 5 (Update: 2015-08- 5)
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.