The gigantic BlackBerry Passport is now available in the Philippines, carrying a price tag of Php 35,790.
In a press event, BlackBerry along with its Managing Director for the Philippines and Singapore Cameron Vernest announced the availability of Blackberry Passport, a massive device boasting a square 4.5-inch screen and a physical keyboard — it’s the size of a Philippines passport hence the name.
In a statement, Cameron said,
We are excited to mark a new milestone for BlackBerry here in the Philippines, with the introduction of the first square screen design and touch enabled keyboard smartphone – the BlackBerry Passport. Aimed at mobile professionals and equipped with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS, this groundbreaking device will allow users to elevate their productivity and collaborate more effectively. The BlackBerry Passport will definitely be the talk of the town, breaking through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch device.
The BlackBerry Passport is the first device to launch on BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, BlackBerry 10.3. The device comes preloaded with new productivity-enhancing features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant, as well as BlackBerry World storefront and Amazon Appstore, offering access to the very best apps for work and play.
As for the specifications, BlackBerry Passport features 4.5-inch square screen with 1:1 aspect ratio boasting a 1440 x 11490 pixel resolution with 453 dpi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The device is powered by quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and comes with 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS. For the storage, it has 32GB built-in storage and supports microSD card of up to 128GB. Connectivity is taken cared of with LTE, 3G/HSPA+, dual band WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
Under the display is an innovative touch enabled keyboard that combines a physical keypad with virtual keypad functions seamlessly. You can swipe to delete and flick to select a predicted word on the keypad just like you would do on a display.
BlackBerry Passport specs:
- 4.5-inch IPS (1440 x 1440) display, 453ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage up to 128GB via microSD
- 13 megapixel AF rear camera w/ OIS, f2.0 lens, LED flash
- 2 megapixel fixed-focus front camera
- 4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- WiFi Direct, Miracast
- Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
- FM Radio
- USB 2.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,450mAh Li-ion battery (non-removable)
- BlackBerry 10.3 OS
- 128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm
A highlight of the BlackBerry Passport is its 3,450mAh battery which BlackBerry claim will deliver a battery life of up to 30 hours from moderate to heavy use.
BlackBerry also introduced BlackBerry Blend – a new app that lets you display your BlackBerry phone contents and notifications on a computer (Windows or Mac) or tablet (iOS or Android).