x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • BlackBerry Passport gets exhibited in another sneak peek video, check it out here

BlackBerry Passport gets exhibited in another sneak peek video, check it out here

Posted: , by Peter K.

Tags:

BlackBerry Passport gets exhibited in another sneak peek video, check it out here
Although the BlackBerry Passport is said to be due out this September, the extravagant squareish-shaped, business-oriented device has already been revealed to the public. Even John Chen, the current CEO of the troubled company, took his time and showcased the Passport a month or so ago. We would speculate that it's not in BlackBerry's interest to keep the uncanny smartphone under a thick veil of mystery, as keeping the public enthralled by the Passport will only aid the Canada-based corporation. Additionally, the pre-registration for the smartphone is already live.

That being said, we got treated to yet another sneak peek video that proudly demonstrates the Passport. The video has been shot by Carphone Warehouse, one of the larger online retailers in the UK, but got quickly removed afterwards. But, as we all know, hardly anything that landed on the Internet is lost forever - fortunately for all of us, the latest Passport video is kicking and ticking on YouTube at the moment.

Carphone Warehouse puts a lot of emphasis on the innovative QWERTY keyboard, which does not only allow you to input text in a convenient fashion, but also doubles as a touchpad. BlackBerry's home-brewed digital voice assistant also receives credit in the brief sneak peek video. It appears that this Siri-like feature can be accessed via a dedicated button on the side - we guess there's no always-listening mode on the business-oriented device.

The stainless steel edges of the Passport are also highlighted in the video, and we suppose that they endow the Passport with a exterior design that will be premium enough for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. Check out the video below and feel free to share any thoughts you might have in the comment section.

You can also check our pick of some older devices that are shaped similarly to the BlackBerry Passport.



source: Neowin

32 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 15 Aug 2014, 01:55 2

1. TouchWiZSucks (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 May 2014)


Apps will indeed look weird on 1:1 screen but given its high resolution and snapdragon 800.It wont be tht weird after all!

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:36 1

7. WhiteRabbit (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Nov 2010)


Apps don't look weird at all. If you ever tried BlackBerry Q10 or Q5, it's nothing weird. Some Android apps could cause problems, but it's because developer is dumb and he is not following standards for app developing. But native apps actually looks good.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 01:57 4

2. mistercarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


this phone must be the most leaked smartphone in history... release it for once and for all Blackberry!!! i wanna put my hands on it to try that keyboard out

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:12

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3739; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


The Passport is a very cool phone design.

Though, if Blackberry was smart, they would also offer an Android version that bundled some of their secure business services.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:33 2

6. WhiteRabbit (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Nov 2010)


Maaan... talking about Android and Security in one sentence is hilarious. Didn't you read about Blackphone for example?

BlackBerry is very smart they keep their own secure core OS and Android apps are just emulated. Thanks to this solution BlackBerry 10 is fast, smooth, stable and secure with enough apps from BlackBerry World or Android (Google Play, Amazon Appstore, 1Mobile Market etc.)

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 03:04

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3739; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


What I said is that Blackberry could keep offering a phone with fake security but doesn't sell *and* also offer an Android phone that offers fake security, but sells a lot more phones.

Maybe you didn't get the NSA memo. There is no closed source OS that offers anything more than fake security.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:58 1

26. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Why must you continue on with this "BlackBerry offer Android" thing?? NO ONE is interested in that except you. Give it a rest already.

And why must you keep on about this "NSA AND SECURITY" thing. NO ONE CARES dude. Especially since WE ALREADY KNOW THIS. Give it a rest already. You're spoiling every post with your nonsense.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 12:57

30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3739; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


OMG. Someone on the Internet who doesn't post the way you want them to.

What's next, Bobby? Some crazy rants about how freedom of speech is a bad thing and needs to be abolished?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 18:45

31. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Nope. Not at all... I'm all for people knowing the truth about being spied upon. Just that your rhetoric has no place on a site about smartphones. There are plenty of places to go and talk about this kind of stuff.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 18:47

32. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


And I've yet to see you talk about this on any other posts save BlackBerry. So all you're doing is coming off as a troll. You're trolling BlackBerry articles and I hate trolls.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 09:20 1

34. WhiteRabbit (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Nov 2010)


I don´t believe that government agencies all around the world would trust BlackBerry, if theirs security is (a1s you said) "fake". Wake up, man. Germany installed BlackBerry solution just because the NSA affair.

Or are you security specialist who found some serious vulnerability in BB solution? If so, just say and maybe you will be awarded.

BlackBerry is not offering fake security. Blackphone with Android is fake security, BlackBerry is solution developed for decades and it´s trusted through all G7 countries, 16 of G20 countries etc.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:30 1

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I just love the boxy , sharp angle design of this phone.

Respect to the designer.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:16 2

4. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Renee Zellweger, is that you?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:28 2

5. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


No hatred or anything, but that is one ugly phone.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:32 1

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


But it looks super sexy and stylish.

Curvy phones look Yuck.

Are you saying curvy TV is better looking than boxy or sharp edged design?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:33 1

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why do you dislike BB?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:00 1

27. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Back to trolling I see. Never comment on any other post except BlackBerry. And its always negative. Offer something of substance why don't you?

And you're in the minority on your views of this phone. I, for one, think it's a sexy beast.

Your avi though, not THAT'S UGLY.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:44 3

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Looks cool, unique design. But as an Android user, I want apps and games, no need so much, but just a few of those famous and useful ones. I really hope developers will start developing apps and games for BB as well, games like Modern Combat 5, Tower Of Saviors etc. are still missing on the BB App World.

Also, I have never used a smartphone with QWERTY keyboard as my daily driver before, so I'm afraid that I'm not used to it. But for sure though, this phone is uniquely attractive and I kinda want it.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:34 2

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I feel you

Well said

I'm definitely going to buy this device

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:09

22. jbishops (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


They are not going to develop those for Blackberry. Nobody has a device and developers see absolute no value developing apps for a failing platform.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:05

28. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Why must you keep trolling APisskula? Acting as if we don't know that's really you. I already reported you. Hopefully the ban this account as well.

And even if those games/apps weren't developed for this device, they'll undoubtedly be developed for Amazon. And since Amazon has a version of its app store being made specifically for BB10, and are preinstalling it on this very device as well as making it available for the others, BB10 users will still be able to get all the apps they need.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 03:14 3

10. magnum44 (unregistered)


I have the Z10 and Z30 (Z10 my current daily phone in place of the temporarily rested N9). Now slowly but surely, and also surprisingly, my interest in this 4:3 quirky square device is getting aroused. When LG produced a similar device two years ago I never bothered. Before the Z10 I didn't use any BlackBerry ... now I am some kind of a surprised casual fan of the brand ... may it's the introduction of their new BB10 OS and its similarity (sort of) to MeeGo.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:47

18. Zeeya (Posts: 218; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


4:3?? It's a 1:1 screen

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 04:44 2

11. AlikMalix (Posts: 1002; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Like I said before, I really like this phone, primarily because it's different, it's interestingly sized, and it's from BlackBerry - I hope this boosts BB's marketshare..

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:07 1

12. NewroticSlob (Posts: 43; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Well, for apps, Amazon and BB have an agreement where Amazon app store is pre-loaded on 10.3, which is what the Passport will be running. Also, you can download Snap and gain access to many Android apps. We're hoping that in any new updates, BB allows Google Play Services to run. We'll see.
As for the phone, I think I'll be getting it, unless BB indicates the next all-touch model. I like my Z10, a lot. Best phone I've ever had. But I do want a larger screen.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 06:53

19. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1273; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Exactly. The Z30 went part of the way to addressing the Z10 shortcomings, but still not far enough. I would really like a 5", all-touch, BB10 device with a great camera, good build, and great internals.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:13 2

13. shahrooz (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


nice move by blackberry

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:31 2

20. dcgore (Posts: 207; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I have to say, i am curious.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:08

21. jbishops (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


That is one ugly phone that will fail just like the other ones. The Note 4 comes out in about and do yourself a favor and get a real phone!

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:10 1

29. BobbyDigital (Posts: 606; Member since: 29 May 2014)


BB10 shipments are up 15% already APisskula. And the media interest in this phone is already high and rising. This phone will sell quite well indeed, especially with BlackBerry doing a media blitz when this phone is out. Why, even iFanboi site BGR predicted this phone steeling well and selling out.

Please take your ceaseless trolling elsewhere APisskula. I'm already reporting every post you do, being that you only troll and post on BlackBerry articles. Nowhere else. Get a life already.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:31 1

25. ablopez (Posts: 184; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


BlackBerry is doing some intriguing marketing here. Let's hope it translates to sales! It appears to already be getting a lot of interest at tech sites, which is a pretty good start.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:19 1

35. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


the blackberry passport is an awesome device, already saved up to buy one. wake me up when september ends :)

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories