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BlackBerry Passport is sold out as 200,000 units move

BlackBerry Passport is sold out as 200,000 units move
Ok, so it isn't a figure in the millions. Still, word that 200,000 units of the BlackBerry Passport were sold two days after the device was unveiled, is being seen as a positive sign for the model, and the company itself. The wide, square-shaped handset has captured the attention of the BlackBerry faithful. The device is made for the power using businessman and to BlackBerry's credit, the company went all out to build a flagship phone that not only is a great tool for business, but can compete with the flagship models offered by other platforms.

The BlackBerry Passport QWERTY also showed how Chen has his engineers working hard. Three rows of nothing but letters on the physical keyboard looks odd to be sure, but virtual keys offer punctuation based on what it is you're doing with the phone. Browsing the web? You'll see virtual keys for the colon and back slash. Sending an email? The "@" will be one of your virtual choices. The phone launches with BlackBerry 10.3 which includes the new BlackBerry Assistant.

If one wants to fine fault with the launch, the fact that 200,000 units represents a sell out indicates that Chen is taking a conservative road with the company. That might have been warranted with a device like the Passport, which is unique in many ways. It took Amazon all of 6 hours to sell out its supply, while BlackBerry's own website was all out of the Passport in 10 hours.

The next BlackBerry will be aimed at a different demographic. In November, we expect to see the BlackBerry Classic launched. This looks like the traditional BlackBerry Q10 with a full physical QWERTY, but adds things like a trackpad, and function keys that were removed on newer 'Berry models. 

source: Bloomberg

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Passport
  • Display 4.5" 1440 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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65 Comments

Scott93274

Posts: 6018; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Mind blown!

AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great stuff BB. Wish they release a 5 inch full touch screen device with similar specs in rectangular form factor.

greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Im so happy for BB. But sorry I'm not planning to buy a BB passport any time soon. I'd like to have one though (as a toy).

medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

this is bussinesman phone though.

darkoman4

Posts: 181; Member since: May 30, 2014

Good for Blackberry

DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Great device. Still not going to sell as much.

Busyboy unregistered

Way to be negative about it. I'm really hoping this sells at least one million devices.

Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Some might say negative, other might say realistic. I personally think it's far too late for BlackBerry to ever be relevant again. It took them far too long to get with the program.

BobbyDigital

Posts: 2121; Member since: May 29, 2014

I, personally think your opinion is a faulty as a bendable iPhone. BlackBerry may not be as relevant in the US, but overseas BlackBerry is plenty relevant.

DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

As adrian38 said. Even i like it ... but practically it's now too late. Just look at Note edge. Too much functionality for a businessman.

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Note edge is no doubt a beast of a phone, but you're not taking into account the one thing that business professionals value over uber-specs, and that's security. Say what you will about BlackBerry, there is no OS more secure than BB10. That will be the deciding factor for business professionals.

DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

No doubt its super secure. But you obviously don't know risks of running android apps on BB.

BobbyDigital

Posts: 2121; Member since: May 29, 2014

The risks of running Android apps on BB10 devices are null. BB10 sandboxes each app into its own compartment. They have no access to any other part of the device or OS outside of the sandbox they're in.

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

You obviously don't know what you're talking about. I use BB10 devices as my daily driver. Do you? There are absolutely NO risks of running Android apps on BB10 devices as Android apps are sandwiched in their own sandbox. If there is ever a problem, the realtime OS that BB10 is built from will just shut it down without it doing harm to the device. And that's only IF the said app gets past BlackBerry Guardian.

MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

if that is true BB wouldn't be in this horrible place in the first place. Clearly the current state of BB suggest security isn't the deciding factor for business professionals

BobbyDigital

Posts: 2121; Member since: May 29, 2014

BlackBerry doesn't have any problems in the business sector. It's the consumer sector that it has problems in. Over 60% of the business sector on lock shows there is no problem there. Get your facts straight before commenting.

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

Another one that doesn't know what they are talking about. BlackBerry OWNS the enterprise market with over 60% market share. They have the largest installed base out of anyone. They are larger than their next 3 competitors...COMBINED. All 7 of the G7 governments are BlackBerry customers. 16 out of 20 G20 governments are BlackBerry customers. 10 out of 10 of the world's largest oil, gas and law firms are all BlackBerry customers. ENTIRE GOVERNMENTS choose BLACKBERRY. You're looking at the consumer side of things. I'm looking at BlackBerry's bread and butter, the ENTERPRISE MARKET. And they OWN IT. You clearly don't have a clue.

IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Still better results compared to the Fire Phone..

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

This device will sell quite well for its intended market.

tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

It's a start to long uphill revival. Keep it up Blackberry.

0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I would buy this phone in a heartbeat if it were $400, i.e. the same price as a Nexus 5.

Furbal unregistered

Itll have a price drop soon enough, thats when ill get one as well. the q10 was a pretty nice phone but this one will blow it away

alexpirnuta

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 05, 2012

This is what they needed 3 years ago.. Nice phone, might be too late.

fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

801, 3gb ram, 1440x1440 screen 3 years ago ?? seriously ??

BobbyDigital

Posts: 2121; Member since: May 29, 2014

Tell me which device had those specs 3 years ago. Otherwise, you're just trolling.

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'd like to know also. Name the device/devices that had those specs 3 years ago. You can't, can you?

meanestgenius

Posts: 20841; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great news! Great start for an awesome device! I don't think anyone expected demand for the Passport to be so high. Keep up the great, innovative work, BlackBerry!

hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Goodwork BB, need to see you again in market

xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Good numbers. Glad BB is still going on.

ryq24

Posts: 868; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

200,000 against apple's 10million! That's still a long way to go but it's a good start. The question now is if they can sustain it and improve it further.

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