BlackBerry Passport bends, but doesn't break when Bloomberg reporter takes John Chen's challenge

BlackBerry Passport bends, but doesn't break when Bloomberg reporter takes John Chen's challenge
On Wednesday, BlackBerry introduced the BlackBerry Passport, its new flagship model made for the power using businessman. The manufacturer now has a high-end phone that runs office suites beautifully, using a square screen. With a new contextually aware QWERTY keyboard, typing emails and messages has never been easier or as much fun. And thanks to BlackBerry Blend, information gathered on the handset while out in the field, can be viewed over a tablet or PC in the office.

When BlackBerry CEO John Chen appeared on Bloomberg Wednesday, he invited the hosts of the show to try to bend the BlackBerry Passport. The invitation was made, of course, because of the reports indicating that the Apple iPhone 6 Plus can be bent. Chen had already told the media during the event that introduced the new 'Berry, that the Passport could withstand the same amount of pressure that buckled Apple's phablet. For the record, the Passport has a bit more meat on its bones as it weighs in at 9.3mm thick vs. the 7.1mm of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Check out Bloomberg's Cory Johnson as he tries to turn the BlackBerry Passport into the BlackBerry Pearl Flip. Was Chen wrong? Can the Passport fold like an accordion? To find out, click on the video below.

source: Bloomberg

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1. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Why are there so many people that have enough money to spend hundreds of dollars on phones and then bend them?

6. torr310

Posts: 1708; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I would treat my phone like a baby and never bend it. Though some phones don't bend when you sit on them but the glasses should be broken anyway. Treat your phones right!

29. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Well it's in every case, what if... I would never say someone can do that, bud once i sit on my laptop screen with my 85kg, it bended aluminium, but gorila glass didn't break, and touch works perfectly, it's 15 inch, and very thin screen (ultrabook)

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

iFanboys love to talk about their iPuny 6 sales. But psh..., we're talking about durability and quality here. Quality > Quantity = iBENTley


Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

I personally tried to bend my own htc one m7 (with a cracked screen already) with full force since I was going to change my phone anyways. I failed to break/bend this damn thing...

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Someone threw a nokia grenade , killed 100 people. . . . Then it exploded.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

XD, you're trolling harder than ever bro, what gives? You don't even talk tech anymore like you used to.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When the guy said "its bending back"..I assume the Passport bent as in it bended but returned to form after he stopped. And he said it didnt bend at the end of the clip....probably meaning it didnt stay bent like the iPhone 6+ Whats up with the article title saying it bends? The iPhone 6+ didnt break either.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Typical Alan F article, typos and mistakes are expected. I'm just being honest though.

4. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I was amazed by the Motorola x 2014 in the bend test,it was like nothings happen

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

same happens with my gs5 when testing

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

So in the end, the guy said "it didn't break, it didn't bend". But Phone Arena, with chief BlackBerry hater and iPhone lover Alan F, post the very MISLEADING title of "BlackBerry Passport Bends..." The trolling of BlackBerry by PA (and Alan F, specifically) continues..... Smh....

12. HASHTAG unregistered

Yeah, it's a typical Alan F. thing. I swear that guy is beyond a horrible writer. His articles are always misleading.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

He is indeed a horrible writer. PA needs to hire better writers asap.

22. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

!!! true !!! !!! true !!! !!! true !!! !!! true !!!

8. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

This is interesting for Apple iPhone 6+ because the iPhone 6+ challenge all the smartphone out there to try the bending challenge.

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Oh, so you've admitted to it.

16. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

50% because I don't have yet the iPhone 6 in my hand. As I saying here that iPhone 6+ challenged all smartphone out there. And they saying that, it's hard to bend if you don't intend to bend.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

The guy said it didn't bend at all...unlike the iPhone 6+....

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You don't have the iPhone 6 in hand yet?? But in another post you claim to have the "$1000" iPhone 6. What gives?? Always knew you were a fraud. You can't even afford an iPhone dude.

28. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@aba71983 you're dead wrong. Bending test were already done on several phones before the iPhone 6's existence, these test was conducted on feature phones like Nokia 3310. Don't you insult phones when you haven't personally owned and tested them yet.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

dumby a new photo? well, thats not bad... seems like you are trying to icopy bruce lee... when is your birthday? I will gift you a shirt and a dummy of bended ip6

17. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Hahaha... Don't get wet in your mouth, LoL.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ok... I will get in yours ;)

10. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

what kind of title is this it didn't break it didn't bent and yet it says it bent? thats not nice well at least chen saying the truth when he said that passport would not bend

19. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wait.. didnt the screen bend? i see a white line in the middle of the phone?

32. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

its a reflection from the light its what glass screen doit reflects light

20. jinroh47

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

lol, so it did break after all, watch carefully for white line on the center of phone screen. Nice Job well done~~

21. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

For the sake of the loving God, i swear that during the review for the BlackBerry Passport, if it was done by Alan.F, for sure he will lower the review mark as much as possible.

25. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

You know this is just another example of one companies screw up affecting design industry wide. Now it has come to light that its possible to bend the phones. now people are gonna be asking "Does it bend or will it last?" Just makes next gen phones stronger. As far as apple I have one questions "WHY?"

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