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White BlackBerry Passport confirmed, will have "porcelain-like" back panel

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White BlackBerry Passport confirmed, will have "porcelain-like" back panel

BlackBerry's Donny Halliwell published this really nice photo of a white BlackBerry Passport, hereby confirming that the odd and very original square-shaped QWERTY phone will also appear in white. Not just plain white, mind you, but according to BB Passport designers Brian Paschke and Joseph Hofer, the particular shade is custom to the phone and made to match its stainless steel frame. Allegedly, the white color has been "further tuned for each individual part and material in order to create overall color harmony". That's some fine-tuned "designer speak" for sure.

Not only that, but the white Passport's rear cover is said to use a porcelain-like coating that is "smooth to the touch" while providing grip. And if you happened to have any doubts, BlackBerry's creation is, indeed, "inspired by a traveler's passport; a familiar and universal symbol of mobility."

This further reinforces a point that many seem to be missing - the Passport is a business and productivity-oriented phone that has "limited appeal" written on it and is not afraid of it. As CEO John Chen said many times already, BlackBerry is targeting industry customers before regular users, and the Passport is the very interesting way in which his words are manifesting into products.

via BerryReview

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posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:11 11

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


AVESOMEEEEEEEEEE!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:29 9

3. AnTuTu (Posts: 972; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Man that's an ugly phone :(

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:32 13

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


YOU HAVE A HORRIBLE TASTE!

sry

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:46 4

5. AnTuTu (Posts: 972; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Well you can say that brother. I do like the concept but this design could have been much much better.

See BB doesn't have enough time to gain its image back and it is not good to do experiments at this stage. Rather they can introduce something to compete against G3, S5, M8 etc.

But I know there would be some ppl around saying BB is not targeting a regular consumer market but a different consumer market. But my friends heads up for IBM + Apple's deal and moreover Google + Samsung would nail the business/govt sectors very soon.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:29 2

33. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


This device isn't targeted for the consumer market. John Chen himself has already said this. It's target audience is in enterprise and regulated industries. Their image in those two aforementioned industries is better than most, including Samsung, Google, Apple and IBM's. And BlackBerry has NOTHING to worry about from Samsung/Google or Apple/IBM. None of them have the experience in enterprise and security that BlackBerry has, nor do any of them have an end to end solution to offer at all, let alone one that can compete with BlackBerry's.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 23:16 1

43. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Enterprise already moved on to NON-BB device. Still using the not-well-supported platform in enterprise show the lack of knowledge in mobile device and can result in embarrassing moment when meeting with others that think bb is the past.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:41 1

44. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're feeding us all misinformation. Enterprise HAS NOT moved on from BlackBerry. Their ownership of 62% of the enterprise market proves that you're lying. All in enterprise know that BlackBerry is the GOLD STANDARD. NO ONE provides such a robust, end to end solution as BlackBerry does. They are far larger in enterprise than their next 3 competitors COMBINED. Enterprise still flocks to BlackBerry. No one is EMBARRASSED that they are still using the BlackBerry solution. And for those places that allow BYOD, they still use BlackBerry's MDM services to keep it all under control. This is not some foolish grade school thing. This is SERIOUS BUSINESS. And for that, enterprise and regulated industries still trust and use BlackBerry over ALL.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:23 1

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


The sad thing about WahooWisnu is that he's probably not lying. He is so delusional in his thinking about BlackBerry, and his wishful thinking about BlackBerry going bankrupt is clouding his mind. He will continue to post his versions of "facts" in hopes that readers will listen to him and think he is the expert on the market. He lives in a small country, yet he thinks he knows what the whole world is doing. In addition, he gets a kick out of getting a rise out of BlackBerry users, which is basically trolling. He can post all he wants, but I am 99.9% sure that most readers here already find him obnoxious. I would feel sorry for him, but I find him obnoxious as well.

Ditto everything above regarding apiskula.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:06 1

46. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You are probably correct about WahyWacko, Asspiskula, PhoneyBaloneyUser and the rest of the troll brigade. They are lost in their own little world where they think if they say loud enough and often enough, BlackBerry will "die", or go "bankrupt", or that the BlackBerry faithful will just up and leave BlackBerry for Another OS. It's sad, really. I find them all obnoxious as well...and pitiful.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 17:59 1

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


True, very pitiful. So what's worse, posting false facts to try to prove BlackBerry is dying all over the world including enterprise, or not posting anything other than "Blackberry and those who choose Blackberry should just die already"?

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 18:43 1

48. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Both are at the same level of horrible, if you ask me. It would be better if neither posted anything at all. But, if I had to choose, I would say the false facts. There would be those inclined to believe that "false facts poster" is telling the truth. Such a person must be silenced with the truth at every turn.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 16:44

50. miles16852 (Posts: 213; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


you have no clue about what your even saying! move on please!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:31 7

8. slaggyb (Posts: 192; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Good Lord Knows I can't wait to get this phone. September should already hurry up. I love my Q10 as I own two. The white and black and I just swap both phones anytime I want. Once it is available am ordering from overseas immediately. I don't do contracts as I buy my phones outright. Thank you blackberry for making something extraordinary and very unique just for folks like me. Every Tom dick and harry can go for the galaxy and iphone.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 16:43

49. miles16852 (Posts: 213; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


your phone is so 'average' looking, and you have absolutely NO taste!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:51 1

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


1) It is device from dying company.
2) Not ergonomic design.
3) Small 4.5 inches display which is not good for browsing, gaming, navigation in car, foto and video watching.
4) Poorly supported Operating System.
5) Relatively poor asortiment of BlackBerry OS native apps.
6) Android apps lags on BlackBerry OS.
7) Previous BlackBerry flagship already failed and that makes no credibility for this device also.
8) According to lack of people's interest in this device this device will be not popular.

And I don't care what propoganda BlackBerry fanboys and prepaid hype spreaders with multiple different user accounts will gona spread here!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:01 6

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


1.That has nothing to do with the device
2.Look at all the phablets. Plus this will probably be one of the most ergonomic ones to hold in 2 hands
3.1:1 aspect ratio makes browsing good. Maybe video or some games not so much.
4.Still one of the smoothest and IMO one of the best looking&functioning
5.Don't know what that means. lolol
6.Don't care. It has enough BB apps
7. 1.
8. I'll be glad to have a not so popular device

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:22 1

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"1.That has nothing to do with the device"

People who buys this device for longer time will lose support.

"2.Look at all the phablets. Plus this will probably be one of the most ergonomic ones to hold in 2 hands"

Ergonomic is not only about how you hold it.

"3.1:1 aspect ratio makes browsing good. Maybe video or some games not so much."

It doesn't matter what aspect ratio you will put into 4.5 inches. The fact that it is 4.5 inches already says that experience will be poor.

"4.Still one of the smoothest and IMO one of the best looking&functioning"

My paragraph 4 talks about poor support not about how it looks or how it runs.

"6.Don't care. It has enough BB apps"

Look at my paragraph 5, now you know what that means.

"8. I'll be glad to have a not so popular device"

In your place I wouldn't be so glad to have device which is not popular because not popular device means poor assortiment of accessories, lack of attention from developers (game and software making companies), lack of attention from amateur developers and good hackers.

P.S.
Also I know that you are not blind BlackBerry fanboy or prepaid hype spreader so I respect your opinion, I just have a bit different opinion than you.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:45

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I like that word "prepaid hype spreader" lol

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:26 2

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LOL! I was searching right formulation to describe them. I don't know if it is right formulation but so far it looks good. :D

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:26

25. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


official name of prepaid hype spreader is astroturfer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:30 1

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


If you're reading articles on PA and commenting, you're a fanboy of something. Fanboy shouldn't be used in a derogatory manner here.

Glad you mentioned that you respect his opinion and yours is just different. Mine happens to be different from yours as well, as I'm hoping BlackBerry survives and thrives.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:01 1

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"If you're reading articles on PA and commenting, you're a fanboy of something."

Not true!

"Mine happens to be different from yours as well, as I'm hoping BlackBerry survives and thrives."

I not really like BlackBerry but my comment #13 doesn't mean that I wish bad for BlackBerry.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:33 1

34. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


1) YES, that is true, PhoneArenaUser. ALL of us here on PA are fanboys of one OS or another.

2) ALL of your previous statements about BlackBerry have nothing BUT doom and gloom for BlackBerry. Don't try and lie about it now.

You attempt to bash me and others like me simply because we like BlackBerry. I've never attacked you for whatever OS you like, nor do I care what OS you like. You need to respect others choices and let well enough alone.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:24 1

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


1) More lies. Try harder.

2) That being the case, you cannot say that this device will be any harder or more awkward to hold than any other phablet.

3) Then I guess that new iteration of the Galaxy S5 is going to have some pretty poor web browsing, being that it's only .2 inches taller.

4) Support for this phone will be just fine.

5) Thanks to Amazon, the consumer app selection will be just fine. That, coupled with the fact that BB10 runs 98% of all Android apps, and you have all the apps you could want or need.

6) This device is aimed at the enterprise market. It will be supported there by enterprise app developers just fine. I have already seen accessories for this phone already and it hasn't even been released. I will post the link shortly.

PS- You are a blind BlackBerry hater. We BlackBerry fans do not give a crap about your opinion.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:59

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


http://crackberry.com/first-look-leather-flip-cover-case-blackberry-passport

That link shows an accessory for the BlackBerry Passport, and it hasn't even been released yet.

Looks like I put that little lie of yours to bed with the TRUTH.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:33 2

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


I totally agree with you on this. They failed miserably with the Z10 and now they have this ugly phone that nobody will buy. I have no idea why these fanboys are still with BlackBerry. Wake up and go with phones that are actually good to use and have a app store like android.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:37 1

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


I'm awake and I love my BlackBerry Z30. Get over it already.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:28 1

26. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


This bb addict is too close to bb to see the big picture. They don't know what they've been missing..... until bb went bankrupt and they start using other phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:44 1

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


Wrong about being too close to see the big picture. I've used android and iphones and currently prefer BlackBerry. It's just a personal preference right now, and I suspect there are plenty of other people who happen to have the same preference. You're right however that I'll most likely continue to use BlackBerry... either until they officially go bankrupt, or something that I like better comes along.

In the meantime, please just admit already that you're obsessed with BlackBerry more than actual BlackBerry users are. Over 700 comments now... how many of those were on BlackBerry articles, Wahyu?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:39 1

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Still obsessed with BlackBerry, Wahy? WOW...You really need help. Over 700 comments, and most are negative about BlackBerry. Clearly we don't CARE what you think about BlackBerry, so don't waste your breath any longer. BlackBerry is what we like and what we will continue to use.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:36 1

35. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm awake and I love my Z30 and my Q10 as well. You need to get over it, and quick. You spewing your nonsense is not going to change what I like not one bit. You need to wake up and realize that, fandroid troll.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:15 1

31. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


1) BlackBerry is not dying. Their latest ER only serves to bolster this fact. That, and the latest investments, launching of new products, etc. marks your dying statement as false.

2) If you're going to say this about the Passport, then you have to say this about every phablet. Or you just have baby hands.

3) There was a video already on PA showing how good web browsing, etc looked on the Passport. And if you say this screen is small, then all of those Android handsets released under 5 inches, including the latest iteration of the Galaxy S5, PLUS the new 4.7 inch iPhone, must be small as well.

4) Enterprise developers support BlackBerry. Plus, with the Amazon deal, consumer app developer support is all taken care of. And the OS is the most functional, smoothest, and fastest to date, IMO.

5) See answer #4.

6) This is FLAT OUT FALSE. Android apps DO NOT lag on BB10.

7) No previous BlackBerry 10 handset has garnered this much positive interest BEFORE it's even released, therefore this device will be a HIT.

8) Flat out LIE again. There has been an enormous amount of interest in this phone since it was announced by consumers, media and tech sites alike. I have already posted links to prove this, yet you STILL lie about it.

You think I give a rat's stinky butt what a hating, multiple account holder on PA, TROLL like you thinks? You can attempt to spread your lies and propaganda all you want, not a single person that is interested in this phone is going to listen to a TROLL like you.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 16:45 2

40. Run.n.Gun (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


And with this, I hope PhoneArenaUser crawls back to where ever he came from and takes a nice long nap

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:12

41. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Amen!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:14 2

2. hossamaltarawneh (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Just WOW, Can't wait till my hands gets on this white beast! White versions wasn't interesting since the 9780! They changed that in the passport :D. Good job blackberry.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 05:50 2

6. TruthSpeaker (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I really like the design of this phone, although it's unlikely to turn around Blackberries slow trudge into oblivion.
I remember pre smartphone days when manufacturers used to try different designs. It's a shame every smartphone is virtually the same design wise today.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:33

27. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The problem with blackberry is not the design, but:
1. the brand name is already tarnished with BB OS7 that have a lousy device.
2. the brand name is down even more with the early BB OS 10. High price at launch, price/value drop very fast, apps selection not comparable to competitor
3. most enterprise already avoiding bb, and using bb in enterprise were deemed as moronic move, and will make the company that still using bb considered not cool by it's partner.
4. bb still sell only in a country that have low income / developing country because BB sold the BIS that can do BBM only very cheap. Thus, BB has been associated with CHEAP MESSAGING PLATFORM in country like Indonesia. Therefore, this high end won't sell. Since most of the user that were NOT REALLY POOR already moved on to android.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:47 1

37. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


1) The BlackBerry brand is still HUGE and very respected in enterprise.

2) BB10 is the best OS to date, IMO. The brand name is even getting better in the consumer market, slowly but surely.

3) This statement is a flat out LIE. BlackBerry has a 62% market share in enterprise. NO ONE is avoiding them. And your "not cool" statement is untrue as well in enterprise, as they do not care about "coolness factor" in enterprise.

4) Yes, BlackBerry still sells very well in emerging markets, like your own home country of Indonesia, South Africa, etc. Their prices HAVE to be low, or "cheap", in emerging markets or their product won't sell. But that goes for ALL OEM's selling products in emerging markets, not just BlackBerry. But, BlackBerry also still sells well in parts of Canada. No "poor" or emerging markets there.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 05:53 1

7. sniperdroid (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Looking good. I wouldn't mind getting that for my wife provided they price it reasonably.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:06 1

9. kindlefireowner (Posts: 443; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The Passport looks like the LG VU with a physical keyboard. I like it. I like all form factors of phones. Nothing wrong with being different.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:29 1

10. medtxa (Posts: 291; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


white porcelain would make device look pretty premium way better than black. oh I'm starting to like the design. so the rim is metal?

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:28 1

11. Sid91 (Posts: 86; Member since: 06 May 2014)


I really like this design, its different from all the current similar bland phones although cant say its better until i check it personally when its released

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:29 1

12. Cha7520 (Posts: 216; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Blackberry= Bringing the 1990's back!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:45 1

16. isprobi (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I would not buy this phone for personal use because the screen does not suit my needs. I have a 6.4 inch phablet which I mostly use in landscape mode for video and web surfing. But for business use it makes sense. As for BB10 not having enough features I think it matches up well against straight Android. People I know that bought straight Android phones end up adding many apps to get it to do all the things they want. So they might as well have bought a vendor skinned version. With the upcoming addition of the Amazon App Store BB10 will be a quite capable OS.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:36 1

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


Too bad they couldn't come up with some kind of black/white hybrid, like maybe the keyboard in black and the rest in white.

This phone truly is designed for business use. And with the addition of the Amazon App store, it'll have the best of both worlds.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:11

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


isprobi, you must have the Xperia Z Ultra which is the phone I have with the 6.4 inch screen. Its as thin as a piece of hair.

This Passport, with the android apps it can run, is the only small phone I would buy and I would definitely use it in place of my Xperia Z Ultra which I love.

Btw, the Op got it all wrong saying this phone is for business only based on BB's statement that they wanted it to be shapped like a Passport.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 14:50 1

38. meanestgenius (Posts: 2204; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nice! Although I prefer it in black, this white with a porcelain back sounds awesome! I just wish the Passport would come in other colors as well, like I've seen in renders. That would be sweet!

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