Watch John Chen use the BlackBerry Passport on video
More intriguing is the unique QWERTY keyboard on the phone. First, some history. After Steve Jobs introduced the OG Apple iPhone in 2007, BlackBerry executives felt that the public would never adopt to typing on glass. "The most exciting mobile trend is full QWERTY keyboards. I'm sorry, it really is. I'm not making this up," said then RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in May 2008. BlackBerry wanted the typing process to feel so real, that it came up with its SurePress typing system for the BlackBerry Storm. The idea behind SurePress was to make typing on glass feel like typing on a computer keyboard. Unfortunately, for BlackBerry, the idea didn't translate well to the smartphone.
But BlackBerry appears to have another unique take on the QWERTY keyboard with the Passport. There are no number keys or punctuation keys. Apparently, you will type on the keys for letters, and swipe over them to input numbers and punctuation.
How would you like to see this intriguing handset in action? We have a video showing BlackBerry CEO John Chen giving a quick 15 second demonstration of the BlackBerry Passport. To view it, just click on the video below.
source: BlackBerryVietnam via Crackberry
1. tatail (Posts: 229; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Even though I didn't like the design at first, but this Qwablet (yes that is what we call it) looks good.
Look different, attracts attention.
Trolls Please go on with your trolling as usual.
You guys been busy last couple of days with the number of BlackBerry articles.
But do continue trolling..
14. mkhwaja (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Yup, this phone definitely has its own category and Qwablet is most suited..
21. sgodsell (Posts: 1531; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Blackberry is getting Amazon's app store. So more apps for blackberry.
22. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
I agree its the beat looking phone and the only one im actually interested in.
2. jellmoo (Posts: 725; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
I *really* want to try it out. I'm not 100% sold on it being comfortable to use, but I think this is the sort of thing that you really have to try for yourself.
3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3802; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Looks interesting and the new keyboard is a good idea. If LG can get people to use buttons on the back, hopefully it'll be even easier for Blackberry to get people to swipe numbers and punctuation :)
4. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I'm intrigued, and not much is intriguing lately.
5. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
I am currently in love with this Passport after a long period of hating it
7. fzacek (Posts: 2317; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I don't like the sharp corners, they will make it uncomfortable to hold...
8. tech2 (Posts: 2573; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Although they're a bit too sharp but nothing too significant then what Lumias and Sony have been doing with their already huge flagships.
10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3385; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Dunno. The Z2 actually feels quite good in the hand.
11. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Seeing the actual phone and not some ugly render makes me love it! I will definitely be getting the Passport upon its release. I can't wait to try out the innovative keyboard.
12. Sid91 (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 May 2014)
Good phone and different from current flagships,
All the phones and features have become so similar , this change might attract customers towards BB.
15. Sid91 (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 May 2014)
No he only had a calculator with front facing camera, and the phone battery was low
34. Cookief34 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)
Maybe if you get out of bed and get out in the real world, you'll see how superior a BB is.
16. Cookief34 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)
What kind of phone is he holding near the end of the video, with the rounded corners and qwerty keys?
17. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
That's the Q20, or BlackBerry Classic, as it is now called. Brings back the "tool belt" and track pad that many BlackBerry enthusiasts wanted brought back. I think it's a great looking handset, and no one can say that BlackBerry doesn't listen to its consumers demands.
23. Cookief34 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)
Thanks for the reply. It looked bigger than the Q20, but hard to tell in the video. As a die-hard torch user I've been waiting for a qwerty with a bigger screen. They are definitely listening - some of us love our keys :)
24. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Indeed! I'm using a Q10 right now, and I love it!
18. Joshua9007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It looks interesting, and I remember loving my old BB back in the day... but I do like my androids now and the trade off of being able to use the entire surface of the phone, but having to use an on screen keyboard, is a fine one for me. It looks that this keyboard is trying to be minimalist while still giving users that physical keyboard.
The only thing that I am worried about is that they are trying to re-invent the wheel and I do not know if it will catch on with a lot of people... even the physical-keyboard-faithful crowd. Time will tell, and I can't wait to see more than a 14sec teaser so we can make an actual opinion.
19. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Typical hone that nobody will buy
20. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Typical comment that nobody cares about.
25. ablopez (Posts: 186; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)
Are you saying that they will sell exactly zero of these phones? If you're wrong, will you please stop posting your predictions?
26. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Hopefully he will stop with his predictions when BlackBerry proves him wrong, ablopez. But that's probably just wishful thinking, getting this troll to shut up.
27. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
I Why do you people keep insisting BlackBerry has anything left. They are done. There are much more superior phones on the market today. With the LG3, S5, and the Note 4 coming I would never even waste my time with BlackBerry. Heck I would even take an S2 over anything they offer. They had their time and people have moved on. The OS is terrible and serves no purpose. The app store is complete garbage as well
28. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Why do you keep on insisting that anyone cares what you have to say? Clearly BlackBerry still has much left. Unless you've been under a rock the last week or so(you probably were, since that's where you live), BlackBerry had a phenomenal week. Their quarterly report was good. The Amazon app store will now be preloaded onto new BlackBerry hardware. And speaking of new hardware, have your beady little eyes seen the BlackBerry Passport? Those specs are on par with anything that is about to be released running Android. And if you would choose an S2 over any of the current BlackBerry crop, then I pity you. The S2 is lag city and outdated. And how can you say the best OS on the market today(BB10)is outdated? Then again, I know for a fact that you've never even tried a BB10 device, so all you're doing is speaking from a position of ignorance. The BlackBerry World app store is great, and with the Amazon app store loaded onto BB10 devices, that makes two GREAT app stores on a BB10 device. The OS serves multiple purposes, especially in businesses, but you would know this had you ever used a BB10 device. So you keep on hating and speaking from a place of ignorance, and I and many others will continue to enjoy our BlackBerry 10 devices as BlackBerry continues to get better and thrive.
29. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Keep dreaming troll. The ship is sinking even further
30. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Lmao! The troll attempts to call someone else a troll! That's rich! You only comment on BlackBerry articles, and ALWAYS negatively. But I'm the troll? I knew you lacked intelligence, but I had no idea just how much until now. Brains is something you DO NOT HAVE.
31. winter_hat (Posts: 106; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
apiskula. You clearly don't understand what the meaning of 'troll' is.
33. lolatfailphones (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
They must have used a blackberry to record this
35. meanestgenius (Posts: 2647; Member since: 28 May 2014)
If that was a dig at BlackBerry, it was a LAME one.