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Here's your passport to more BlackBerry Passport leaks
As we told you on Friday, BlackBerry has an interesting handset in the BlackBerry Passport. With a 1440 x 1440 resolution on a screen under 5 inches, we are talking about a rather meaty pixel density, surely the highest ever seen on a BlackBerry phone. On Saturday, a ton of leaks about the model were tweeted out by someone who obviously snatched up an advanced unit of the handset.

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.


source: ChrisParsons, @halobandit via Crackberry

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posted on 28 Jun 2014, 14:26 13

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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!

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 15:57 9

7. Johnnokia (Posts: 1104; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:15 8

9. tatail (Posts: 248; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:29 5

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 12983; 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.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 01:14 3

21. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1326; 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.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 01:58

23. Lauticol (Posts: 346; 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)

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 02:23 3

24. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1326; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 14:39

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

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 14:46 6

3. Cyberchum (Posts: 678; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


For BB10,SD 600 will run it quite well - not as demanding as Android.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:16 3

10. tatail (Posts: 248; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 15:30 6

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So 801 is fine but 800 too old? Nice... Cause there's a huge difference.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 19:09 2

15. Busyboy (unregistered)


Haha you beat me to it +1

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 13:53

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

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 23:19 2

35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So? The difference in them is basically nothing...

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:44

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 .....

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 23:13

60. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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...

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 14:49 1

4. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)


This style is so weird

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:17 6

11. tatail (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


it is but weird is what will attract people and make heads turn.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 23:39 4

20. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Couldn't agree more best looking phone of 2014.

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 03:20 1

25. Zeeya (Posts: 318; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


sarcasm? I like it and will buy one.. just hope it wont cost more than 600USD

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 05:14 1

28. jojon (Posts: 335; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


really? ..you need to get out more. That is one ugly phone

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 17:27 1

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 12983; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You forgot to say, "IMO".

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 15:22 1

5. Cyberchum (Posts: 678; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Too bossy, Optimus Vu reincarnated.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 16:10

8. winter_hat (Posts: 110; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Is it wider than a Note 3 or other phablets?

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:31

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 12983; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 20:45 1

16. tatail (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


This is a Qwablet not a phablet.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 17:37 3

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 12983; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 22:04 6

17. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; 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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 23:04

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.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 23:16 5

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 12983; 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.

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