Continuing its strategy to arm mobile professionals with tools that make them more productive, BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry Passport. As you know, the new device features a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, and is 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.
Inspired by actual passports, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go. Utilizing premium, robust materials such as Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the display and forged stainless steel for added strength, BlackBerry Passport will provide the durability business professionals require in a smartphone. The 4.5in square screen has a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels, and is optimized for viewing and creating content. The BlackBerry Passport includes the industry’s first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate.
BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboards have always made it easier for users to create polished, professional communications with exceptional accuracy. BlackBerry Passport’s new QWERTY keyboard is almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry® 10 virtual keyboards – the error rate is on average 74% lower – so there are fewer typos to get in the way of what you’re trying to say.
The device is running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, and has a massive 3,450mAh battery. Storage comes in aaat 32GB, with support for 64GB microSD cards. The device has a 13MP rear-facing camera for your imaging needs. Like previous BB10 devices, the new Passport also supports Android sideloading, but it now relegates that part to Amazon’s Appstore, bringing with it one free Android app everyday.
BlackBerry also unveils its Blend feature/service, bringing messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend is being introduced on the BlackBerry Passport and will work across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows 7+ and Android tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections.
The BlackBerry Passport is priced at RM 2,399.