BlackBerry rumored to have a surprise at today's unveiling of the BlackBerry Passport and Classic

BlackBerry rumored to have a surprise at today's unveiling of the BlackBerry Passport and Classic
Later today, BlackBerry is expected to officially unveil the BlackBerry Passport, the most eagerly awaited 'Berry since the BlackBerry Storm back in 2008. A square form factor manifests itself in a 4.5 inch screen with 1440 x 1440 resolution. The physical QWERTY doubles as a trackpad, and punctuation and numbers appear as virtual keys that show up based on context. A large battery suggests that there will be no wall-hugging with this model. There has been no BlackBerry like it, and with BlackBerry 10.3 installed, the BlackBerry Assistant will be included. The phone will be priced at $599 in the states, unlocked with no subsidies.

Also expected to be unveiled today is the old-school BlackBerry Classic. Sure, the QWERTY on this handset might remind you of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but it also includes the Bold's touchpad and function keys that were removed for the BlackBerry Q10.

But wait. There could be more. The night Canadian air is buzzing with talk that the company has one other secret device that it will introduce at today's big shindig. It could be a new tablet to replace the aging BlackBerry PlayBook, a new phone to replace the BlackBerry Z30, or perhaps a BlackBerry Watch.

While many of you have a big time interest in the Passport, that secret device could also be quite interesting. Stay tuned.

source: BlackBerryOS

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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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33 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If this is true then the folks at Blackberry are very good at keeping secrets, because there has been no indication of another device besides one pegged for next year. I'm hoping it is an all-touch device, even though I know the possibility of that happening tomorrow is small.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Great! What could it be? A successor to the Z30? A Playbook? A BBWatch? If BlackBerry release one of these along with the Passport, it will definitely be on my list. Bring it on!

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

A BBWatch could be amazing with BB OS! Would love to see one. Also, it's good to be back from a "forced vacation" :D

10. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

A BB watch compatible with other OSs sounds good.

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Looking forward to the passport.

23. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Playbook.....*shutters*.

3. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I like Blackberry 10 and the way phones are deisgned, but they need to release a flagship with better specs like HTC M8 or LG G3.

4. Alan01

Posts: 646; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

The BlackBerry Passport certainly fits the bill with >400 ppi, Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM and 3450mAh battery. No, it doesn't have the Snapdragon 801, or 805 which really might have helped sales, but it is a unique device that just might grab some iOS, Android and Windows Phone users away. Alan F.

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

But isn't SD800 enough to run that BB10 OS? What's the point if it will just grab 'some' users?

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Grab 'some' users is better than grab 'no' users. I really hope they will release a full touch screen flagship or a tablet, because using the Passport to play games and watch videos will be weird because of the ratio of the screen and you need to use it in portrait mode every time.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

How likely is that BB passport will be successful? Yes,it unique and all...but practically...it seems very unlikely to be a game for even Windows phone.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry Passport will be successful in the enterprise and regulated industries, which is what it's marketed for. Think Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, corporate executives, IT personnel, etc. It will no doubt help BlackBerry gain even more market share in enterprise, where they already posses a commanding lead over the competition there. It's not really marketed towards consumers, although there will be those that purchase the device. With its unique form factor and keyboard, it will be a hit in its intended markets, allowing BlackBerry to create revenue to compete more in the enterprise market, should they so desire.

31. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Youre defining success in terms that you create. If the company has specifically said "Were not selling these to casual consumers" and then the phone doesnt sell to casual consumers, is that a failure? Judge the success on the phone for the intent of it. BB would like people to start talking about them again... check. Theyd like some positive press... check Theyd like to be distinguished from the crowded smartphone space... check. Theyd like to sell a lot of phones to enterprise accounts... (probably check)

7. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Your exactly right. It's like saying you need 3gb of ram in the iphones, when 1gb is twice as much as they need to run their system. Not all systems are power hungry as Android.

21. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Well not all systems are as popular, and feature full, and open,and customisable and reliable either.

15. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The square display would be quite useful for productivity suites like excel. Hopefully their devices from this day forward will be just as good as what we have now and in the future. That is strange... I am banned from posting using my phone but it works fine on my desktop.

11. lucid.brat unregistered

Can anyoneone tell what's the time of event....and PA why there is no schedule or event bar on your homepage????

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

The event is slated for 9am, EST.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not really sure what BlackBerry's surprise is going to be, but I'm leaning towards: A) The Calssic being released as well B) BES 12 being ready also C) BlackBerry PERHAPS announcing Googe Play compatibility, but this one is a stretch at best.

16. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I am a consumer, but also an executive. And this Passport has me intrigued and got me thinking like this "I really want to see if this could - and am secretly hoping it is because I love the look - be a great phone for work, but am hoping it's also going to be great for videos and a general device for photos, recording, Skype, FB etc etc." I am hoping a lot of consumers pick this device up, and bet many will. No one is kidding themselves this is going to sell anything like the iPhone, but I would not be surprised if they manage to move over 5 million of these a year.

17. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Some markets still prefer the use of Blackberry phones but was on the decline. Hopefully this will get them going again as they have a pretty rich history just like Palm (damn HP).

28. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

5 million in one year? Never going to be possible. They are luck if they sell 500 in 2 years

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Awesome, can't wait too see what's Coming from BB

20. sweetrogue

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

the surprise could be the BlackBerry Blend

22. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Oh yeaaaaa bring out the classic

24. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Hopefully they announce how terrible the phone are and they have been sold to Android

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

How could BlackBerry be "sold to Android"? Android is not even a company, it's an OPERATING SYSTEM. GOOGLE is the company that OWNS said operating system. With each post you make, you reveal how very little you know about smartphones in general. I now truly believe that you don't even own an Android handset, or any other handset for that matter based on your comment.

30. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Sorry if I was not politically correct fanboy. Blackberry should be sold to Google and they would be much better off. Not that Google would adopt any of the services. You continue to promote Blackberry and say how great they really are in "enterprise" . Yet I know one person in my career that still uses a Blackberry. Even though I do not like Apple did you see how many handsets were sold in the debut? It was 10 million. Blackberry Passport will not even get close to that by the time they debut another garbage phone.

32. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then you dont know the right people in your career. You should take a tour of the C level execs, I'm sure they'd like to have a conversation with you... but maybe not.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're never CORRECT, let alone politically correct, troll boy. If you only know one person in your small carrier that uses a BlackBerry, your career must be small indeed. I know PLENTY of prosumers that use BlackBerry's. BlackBerry doesn't need to sell to anyone. If you haven't noticed, they've been the ones buying companies. BlackBerry is the mobile enterprise LEADER. There is NO disputing that fact. The Passport will sell enough. It doesn't have to do Apple numbers to be a success, and even Android handsets do not do Apple numbers upon debut. Your OPINION of BlackBerry is, as always, FLAWED and INCORRECT.

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