Here's your passport to more BlackBerry Passport leaks
Even if you are sure that you will never leave your current platform, you need to keep track at what BlackBerry is doing here. Even if you have made a pledge never to leave iOS, Android or Windows Phone, stranger things have happened. Think back to the fall of 2009 when a unique number named the Motorola DROID was introduced as an exclusive for Verizon. For all of 2009, Android held a 3.9% share of the smartphone pie, up from .5% in 2008. The number one OS at the time? Symbian.
The point is that wheels turn, and as the incomparable Bobby D. once sang, "the loser now will be later to win." This is not to say that the Passport will single-handedly revolutionize the smartphone business. We are just pointing out that it has happened before. Everything was in the right place for the DROID to make waves. The Palm Pre didn't catch on as it was expected to do, Google gave Motorola Android 2.0 to include on the phone, and Verizon customers were looking for a touchscreen smartphone of their own, with all of the features that iPhone users were enjoying on AT&T.
Take a look at some new pictures of the BlackBerry Passport, including a video showing how the phone handles a YouTube video, by clicking the slideshow below.
More pictures and video of the BlackBerry Passport
source: ChrisParsons, @halobandit via Crackberry
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3221; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
This thing is gorgeous! I mean yeah it's quite weird especially the square display, but I'm so interested to see how that keyboard works and the design looks so nice/premium! I have never had a BB (I don't think they have ever even been on market in Finland), but I hope they could bring their future devices here!
7. Johnnokia (Posts: 552; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Imagine using this extremely wide weird phone and putting it on your ear to make a phone call.
Sorry BlackBerry... This one is so hideous, and it looks thick as well.
9. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Looks absolutely fine to me..
Guess difference of opinion is allowed. And same is true for BlackBerry they are not following what every other company is doing.
They are just doing what makes different from everyone else.
12. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
People probably once said the same thing when the OG Galaxy Note came out, and look how popular the Note series is now?
Weird is all perspective. What's weird to you, Johnnokia, is gorgeous to someone else.
I think this phone looks great! It's different from the "me too" look that has become so pervasive among Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones.
21. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I have to agree with meanestgenius, people did say the same thing about the Galaxy Note. I remember when I bought the first Galaxy Note right after it released and everyone I knew thought it was so large and too unwieldy to use but I loved it. Also, people say all the time about how it must look to talk on the phone but the reality is that for the most part people use their devices for text messaging and data usage.
We have to remember that Blackberry for the most part tailors to business and corporate consumers which primarily use their devices for checking emails and typing messages. This device looks like it would feel comfortable for typing long messages and for looking at documents.
23. Lauticol (Posts: 213; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
But since the first Galaxy the phones' displays have been growing and reached (and passed) Note's size, phones are not getting wider (proportionally speaking)
24. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
You have to remember the function being brought here in offering a wide device. It will give a more comfortable typing experience which is what this phone is trying to highlight. By the way, it's only 1 mm wider than the Note 3.
2. ibrahem7731 (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
If this phone will come with snapdragon 801 or 805 I will buy it but the snapdragon 800 become old
3. Cyberchum (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
For BB10,SD 600 will run it quite well - not as demanding as Android.
10. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Agree, BB10 runs very smooth on dual core as compared to quad-core on Android phones, first hand experience Nexus 4.
6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3221; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
So 801 is fine but 800 too old? Nice... Cause there's a huge difference.
31. ibrahem7731 (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
It is old the snapdragon 800 came last year , the snapdragon 801 come just 3 months ago
35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3221; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
So? The difference in them is basically nothing...
59. ibrahem7731 (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
Just look at the benchmark different between the 800 and 801 and then you will tell the different .....
60. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3221; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Lol I have seen them and theres almost no difference mr. Smartass... You would never see the difference in real usage...
11. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
it is but weird is what will attract people and make heads turn.
20. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Couldn't agree more best looking phone of 2014.
25. Zeeya (Posts: 213; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
sarcasm? I like it and will buy one.. just hope it wont cost more than 600USD
28. jojon (Posts: 104; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
really? ..you need to get out more. That is one ugly phone
8. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Is it wider than a Note 3 or other phablets?
13. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
I don't think so. Just shorter, which is why some may think it's so weird or strange looking.
14. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
The more I see this phone, the more I love it! If anything, this phone will be sure to turn heads, as people will at least want to know what it is. From there, once people see what it can do, they will surely love it. I can't wait for this phone to be released!
Haters and trolls, do what you do best. I know you're all just itching to comment, like a fiend waiting for their next hit. Be warned, however, I will be here waiting with a proper rebuttal.
17. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Success or flop you have to give Blackberry credit for trying something different. I might give BB another try especially with the addition of Amazon apps.
18. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
the KEY is the PRICE. If bb priced this more than US$300, it will surely be a flop. I think the sweet spot for this product is U$ 250.At $250, bb could sell 700K/month of this device.
19. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Nobody cares for your opinion, troll. Go elsewhere.
That being said, a device of this magnitude(specs, features)will be priced at a premium, and deservedly so. John Chen is also very good at getting devices to the markets that will by them. You only need to look at the Z3 to see this. This device will go to the European markets first, and then perhaps the UAE and Canada. It will go to the U.S. if picked up by Verizon and/or AT&T.
26. Zeeya (Posts: 213; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
you are so funny .__. just shut the f**k up troll and play with your maldroid
22. Joshua9007 (Posts: 78; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
This phone is weird, but in an intriguing way. I'm going to be interested in seeing what advantages bb will try to sell consumers on, because that is what will make or break sales. It looks like they will say that there is more usable screen real estate that any phablet due to the physical keyboard.
Trying to go after the mid range market is not what bb is about. Trying to sell a ton of phones at low margins in a crowded segment, no thanks. BB is about their business relationships and software, and loyal fans will not want crap. They are better off pricing this AT market flagship prices, and having a QUALITY device that will last the contract length (or 2yr pmt w/jump, edge ect.)
I would think the z3 would work in the US prepaid market, but I'm not sure if their agreement prohibits it.
27. willywanta (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
A unique form factor, although the keypad makes it looks odd.
But i'm not sure if people will be attracted to BB OS.
29. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Trust me they will like it if they give it a proper shot.
I did and I liked it very much.
Very smooth and clean OS in the market, but you have to remember this is not BB OS it is BB 10 OS.
30. Zeeya (Posts: 213; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)
And forget 10.0.. 10.0 was really bad... 10.3 is super awesome! 10.3.1 will be ultra awesome ¡!
33. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Anyone with a tad of common sense would not buy this phonr
34. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Common sense is NOT common, as YOU prove with every post, or you would just leave well enough alone. You've LOST. BlackBerry's latest earnings report was good. They are getting better. They beat the odds and estimates. Give it up already, loser. Go back under your rock, with tail tucked firmly between your legs.
48. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Keep supporting a platform that is dying and losing customers by the minute
37. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Again, you are obsessed with Blackberry. Why the obsession?
39. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Zee, why are you telling ablopez to shut up? He's on our side. He's a BlackBerry fan....
40. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Thanks MG. This threading may be confusing. Of course, mine was a reply to apiskula. Maybe he thought I was replying to you or tatail? Or maybe he meant to reply to apiskula also?
Tatail hit it on the head... haters will hate.
41. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
No problem, ablopez.
And you're right. Tatail is absolutely correct: haters will hate.
43. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
So many times I have almost mistaken you for apiskula but after reading the comment I have realized that it didn't sound like troll so after a quick confirmation of your name I have avoided miscommunication.
46. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Oh man don't tell me that! I would hate to be mistaken for that nobody! :)
61. tatail (Posts: 221; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
the problem is your name starts with very similar letters
Now of course I can tell the difference in an instant but in the beginning when you started commenting I had to pay close attention.
45. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
This is confirmed by all reporting that this phone won't be close to anything that could be considered junk. Seriously, get a life. Or at least get some help on that BlackBerry obsession of yours. You need to start respecting everyone's choice of phone here.
49. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
First of all you I don't have to respect anyone's choice. WIth all the superior phones coming out (LG3, Note 4 etc) why on earth anyone would purchase this junk is beyond me. Those phone offer a much better experience,latest technology, and a much better app store and support. I continue to use my S3 and I would take that anyday over anything Blackberry has to offer.
50. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Yes you do have to respect other people's choices. The fact that you're saying you don't just marks you as the horses rear end that I already knew you to be. It's disrespectful, asinine individuals such as yourself that brings the internet down. We DON'T CARE what phone you use or what OS you like. That's your choice. And it's your opinion that Android is better than BB10. I think BB10 is BETTER THAN Android. But that's my opinion. I don't try to force my views on anyone else or down them for their choice, unlike you. I now know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a card carrying member of the Teabag party.
The S3 is a piece of sh!t in my opinion, it's so slow compared to any BB10 device. BB10 is BEYOND the other OS's due to its roots in QNX, the ONLY RTOS out there. But you would know all of that were your brain not so small. And that app support argument is OLD. BB10 has been able to run Android apps since its inception, and it's only gotten better at doing so. And it rains them SECURELY. It's a better Android than Android is. But you would know this too, were you not so ignorant.
I would take my BlackBerry Z30 over ANY device out today, as it's superior, ESPECIALLY to your little lackluster S3.
52. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Exactly! We DON'T CARE what phone you use and like. But we will respect your choice. Your line, "First of all you I don't have to respect anyone's choice," just says it all about you.
53. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Totally wrong comments but you can say what you want. I know one person that actually still has a Blackberry. The other people that used to have them have moved on to much superior phones. My S3 is awesome and would never trade it for a Z10 as I used it a few days and hated it. Android is the future of mobile technology where Blackberry is not. Get a clue kid!
54. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Asspiskula, the only one that needs to get a clue here is you. I know MANY people who have moved from Android back to BlackBerry. I have used Android for much longer than "a few days", so I am inclined to make a much more informed decision about Android. I used it for a few YEARS. For example: I've owned every Galaxy S handset from the OG one to the S4. When I tell you that BlackBerry 10 is the ABSOLUTE FUTURE of mobile, I speak from experience. BlackBerry's QNX(which is where BB10 is derived)is in EVERYTHING. Android isn't. Your S3 PALES IN COMPARISON to my BlackBerry Z30. You have ABSOLUTELY I IDEA what you're talking about when it comes to BlackBerry. You've only used it, as you claim, for "a few days". That's NOWHERE NEAR enough time to make an informed decision about ANY OS, so you clearly only speak on BlackBerry from a position of ignorance, hence you are a TROLL.
And my comments about you in post #50 were SPOT ON. You need to respect other people's choices and leave your negative, uninformed, ignorant comments at the door as we BlackBerry fans don't give a sh!t what a troll like you uses. That's your choice.
Also, BlackBerry has just gained market share in U.S., according to Kantar Worldpanel. Looks like things just keep looking good for BlackBerry, much to your chagrin, I'm sure.
Get with it, little boy. BlackBerry is here to stay and is the future of mobile and beyond via QNX.
56. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Very well said. However, he'll never get it. People like that who continue to comment only on Blackberry articles predicting their doom and insulting those who choose it probably secretly wish they had a Blackberry.
57. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Agreed, ablopez. I bet he's wishing really hard he had a BlackBerry right now. I have a backup Q10, Apiskula. Would you like me to send it to you?
55. ablopez (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Okay I don't understand how someone's opinion can be wrong. And I really don't see how the S3 is better than the Z10 or Z30 but that's your opinion. I like Samsung phones but I just prefer my Z30 over any of them. Just let it be already. You're not going to convince us to stop supporting Blackberry. It's our OS of choice. Go to the android articles and post about your S3, instead of coming here with your very limited Blackberry experience. Or like I said before, seek some professional help about that Blackberry obsession of yours.
58. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Agreed!!! Very well put.
We like BlackBerry and will not stop using it, especially not based on anything said by Apiskula. How come you don't post on Android articles, Apiskula? And as I've asked you this question so many times before, how come you NEVER answer the question? I bet it's because you don't even have a phone at all, let alone an Android one.
51. meanestgenius (Posts: 2047; Member since: 28 May 2014)
And with the Amazon deal, the Amazon app store will be preloaded onto BB10 devices. Even though you can load the Amazon app store, as well as other Android app stores, like 1Mobile Market onto BB10 devices now. With Amazon handling the consumer apps for BlackBerry, and BlackBerry handling the enterprise apps, it's a win for BlackBerry. This is just icing on the cake for BB10, and just one of the things that puts it above the rest.