This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

Jun 19, 2014
This is BlackBerry Passport (and yes, it really is that shape)

BlackBerry warned us it had something odd coming, and this is it: the unusually proportioned BlackBerry Passport. Snuck into BlackBerry's latest financial results presentation - where the company announced a smaller-than-expected loss for the most recent quarter - the Passport has a 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 resolution display that's square, not rectangular.

Now, square screens on BlackBerry phones aren't new - the BlackBerry Q10, for instance, has one - but they're usually a lot smaller than the whopper on the Passport. In fact, the Q10's display is just 3.1-inches diagonally.

With a 4.5-inch screen, the BlackBerry Passport is in fact broader than Samsung's hefty Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which is 2.79-inches across versus the Canadian handset's roughly 3.18-inches. The iPhone 5s is positively demure in comparison, its 4-inch display just 1.96-inches wide.


Back when the phone was first teased, there was speculation that the form factor would demand an on-screen keyboard, but BlackBerry has persevered and given the Passport a physical QWERTY.

It's wide but relatively shallow, condensing what would normally occupy two rows on a regular keyboard-toting BlackBerry to just one on the Passport, and sandwiching the spacebar in-between the "V" and "B" keys.

Thanks to a recent deal with Amazon, the Passport will also get to run Android apps downloaded from the retailer's Appstore. How they'll look on the 1:1 aspect ratio remains to be seen.

Other specifications are yet to be confirmed, though BlackBerry said that it would spill everything when it launches the Passport at a UK event in September.

VIA MobileSyrup
SOURCE BlackBerry

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