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Images show that the super-weird BlackBerry Passport renders apps just fine, despite its square display

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Images show that the super-weird BlackBerry Passport renders apps just fine, despite its square display
The BlackBerry Passport is one super-weird device, if we so say ourselves. And it's not because of some major discrepancy between price and specs, or anything along those line, but, rather, because of the way it looks. In case you didn't know, the Passport literally looks like a square. We should expect so, of course, considering that it's one of the few smartphones ever made with a square (1:1 aspect ratio) screen. It honestly just looks awkward, at least from what we've seen so far.

But even if you're willing to stomach the upcoming Berry's funny look, practical considerations like how well will apps scale, are not to be ignored. Even if you're crazy about physical QWERTY keyboards. Indeed, we've been pondering over that for a while now, but it appears that all that mental energy was wasted for nothing. That, at least, is what a new set of photos, showing the Passport running two different apps, indicate. As you can see for yourself below, the non-traditional (to put it mildly) aspect ratio doesn't seem to mess up apps' look, and there's no ugly letterboxing or anything. So no worries there.

An exact launch date hasn't been announced, but the company has made it clear that they're aiming for a September unveiling in London. Price, similarly, remains unknown.


source: N44B

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posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:15 2

1. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


rim is going to be rip :)))

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:19 8

2. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


No it won't.

This should sell well.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:22 4

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I guess that some people will love this and others would never even consider this. I personally like it somehow.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:44 1

8. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Don't know if it should but one thing I can tell you is that it won't. Optimus VU is already weird, this takes steps forward in that direction.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 11:54 3

16. Dr.Phil (Posts: 906; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Well you are right: RIM is actually dead. The company is now called "Blackberry Limited". So, your comment is accurate although I'm sure that's not what you were intending.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 21:43

28. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


the only thing that is limited is your intelligence, which is pathetic

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:19 1

3. iGeek (Posts: 145; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Why in the world I'm going to buy such a weird phone.
No business man wants to put something like this in his pocket. Not to mention that the keyboard misses essential buttons like (shift)

Why you are doing this to yourself RIM

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:10 3

10. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Widescreen viewing

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:53

13. iGeek (Posts: 145; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


but the best thing about the berries is their keyboard and now we don't get that full keyboard experience as before

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 11:51 1

15. Dr.Phil (Posts: 906; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The shift key appears on the on-screen portion when typing.

Why wouldn't a business man want to put this in his pocket?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 21:44

29. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


really?? 'No business man wants to put something like this in his pocket' did your crystal ball tell you this?? IDIOT!

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:22 6

5. hboy857 (Posts: 185; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


I like it. it's unique.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:32

35. Carlosfrancoz (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Unique like LG Vu?? basically same disign but with physical keyboard, so unique for blackberry at least...

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:31 2

6. BobbyDigital (Posts: 254; Member since: 29 May 2014)


And this is how we know we can discard any comments iGeek and hypnotika make about BlackBerry into the trash: They keep referring to the company as RIM. BlackBerry hasn't gone by that name in what? Over a year now. You guys probably still think Lazaridis is still running the company.

The Passport is going to sell quite well. Especially to the medical sector. And consumer interest in this device is way up.

Please try to bring some substance to the conversation next time.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 14:07

22. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


This phone will not sell well just like the other one's that don't sell.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 14:32 1

23. meanestgenius (Posts: 1153; Member since: 28 May 2014)


This phone will definitely sell. And if you say the others don't sell, then you can't read. The Z3 has been selling quite well in the markets it's been released in.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 16:31

26. Busyboy (Posts: 288; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


You mean Z2 right?

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 08:41

34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


No. He means the Z3. Blackberry, not Sony.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 09:31 3

7. Settings (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Its a great BlackBerry phone. Tis should sell well.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:00 2

9. jellmoo (Posts: 666; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I can't wait to try out that keyboard. I expect that there will be a learning curve, but after that I have a feeling it will be incredibly productive.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 11:51 1

14. Philipand96 (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


I had a real tough time writing text on a touch screen phone so despite Nokia ditching Symbian I bought a Nokia E6 keyboard / touchscreen hybrid

IMO this was an excellent phone only let down by and it baffle me a fixed focus 8Mp camera.

Fixed focus mean that it cannot and never will read QR codes bar codes etc which on autofocus automatic

The screen size of the passport is 4.5" to the Q10 3.1" the E6 has a tiny 2.46" and despite my big hands the touch screen was manageable but you had to slow downat that point

You still get the 3 row qwerty keyboard so whilst the nokia and Q10 have 4 rows I presume some functions like shift and symbol must be performed on the touch screen itself or setting like auto capitilisation after a full stop

You can see how Blackeberry have maximised the screen size in pictue three, but a physical keypad on a phone is an experiance to savour

Only been using a qwerty phone fo 2 years and seeing it alongside a bold is is easily a premium Blackerry phone

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:34 1

11. ablopez (Posts: 143; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


I'm really hoping BlackBerry markets this well. The better it's marketed towards more businesses, the more successful this phone will be.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 10:42 2

12. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I like uniqueness. I don't want every tom dick using what I use. That been said I have been a forever BlackBerry user and used android made by Samsung for 4yrs starting from the original galaxy s - the note 2. I sold my note 2 and never will look back to samsung nor android generally. Blackberry just hurry up and launch the passport. I love my BlackberryQ10 and can't wait to get this.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 12:25 1

17. joe23521 (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Something about this big giant square of a screen that is appealing to me. If I used my phone for business and not Netflix, I'd take a look at this.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 12:59 1

18. anthonykitbuchanan (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 May 2012)


This phone is awesome. I am currently using the Xperia Z Ultra and eventhough this Passport has a screen a little small for my taste I would consider this phone if I could run android apps.

The person that posted this article is probably saying, "I just cant let my friends see me with this. They would laugh at me. Eventhough the shape is different that's actually a good thing however my friend will laugh at me so I cant like this phone.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 13:17

19. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 199; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I am missing a physical keyboard :(. If BB weren't on the brink of extinction this would be my next phone

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 13:37

20. ablopez (Posts: 143; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Hey I just realized that this article isn't tagged Blackberry. Hopefully this means that apiskula and wahooyahoo won't find it and therefore won't post their useless trolling comments.

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 14:05

21. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Who in there right mind would purchase this. Give me a break. Shut it Blackberry!

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 14:33 2

24. meanestgenius (Posts: 1153; Member since: 28 May 2014)


People who like and want true innovation, that's who. BlackBerry fans, that's who. Now you shut it!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:40

30. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I am not shutting anything. If you don't like my comments then why do you always respond? This phone will be a complete failure just like the rest of the products.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:25

32. ablopez (Posts: 143; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


None of us likes or respects your comments, so why do you keep commenting?

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 17:22 1

27. BobbyDigital (Posts: 254; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Speak of the iDiot and he shall appear!

posted on 16 Jul 2014, 14:37 1

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 1153; Member since: 28 May 2014)


The more I read and see about this phone, the more I want it! This phone offers a unique design with a truly innovative keyboard. Definitely not like the "me too" devices that are put now.

And to those who offer NOTHING of substance on this article, iGeek and hypnotika: There is NO RIM. The company is named BlackBerry now. Try and stay current, ok?

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:45

31. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


RIM, Blackberry it really does not matter anymore. They are no longer associated with the mobile market which is now Google and Apple.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 12:26

33. ablopez (Posts: 143; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


apiskula is truly Blackberry obsessed.

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