BlackBerry says it will push the envelope even more, now that the BlackBerry Passport has launched

BlackBerry says it will push the envelope even more, now that the BlackBerry Passport has launched
Remember the first time we showed you an image of what would become the BlackBerry Passport? It was back in February when the Passport first graced our site, and the unique looks and strange QWERTY keyboard had us guessing about what it could be. BlackBerry rode that buzz all the way to a successful launch of the business oriented smartphone last week. According to BlackBerry's Ron Louks, head of the company's devices group, more unique phones are on the way.

Louks says that with BlackBerry's improving quarterly numbers, the company can afford to take a shot and run with an unconventional device once a year. According to the executive, BlackBerry has already showed off another unique looking phone to carriers, who reportedly love it. This could be a model that we talked about last week that features a touchscreen display with a hide-a-way QWERTY keyboard. Louks did hint that the new  prototype can be used with just one hand.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen late last week said that in light of initial demand for the BlackBerry Passport (200,000 units were sold two days after the launch), the company will produce a second-generation Passport. He also talked about the old-school BlackBerry Classic, set to roll out in November. This model harkens back to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, with a full physical QWERTY keyboard, a track pad, and function keys. Chen also said that BlackBerry will show off new devices at next year's MWC in Barcelona next March.


source: Reuters

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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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42 Comments

1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Well they have nothing to lose anyways. What other crazy ideas can they come up with?

11. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

crazy doesnt mean it's bad take the passport as an example :p

40. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

They have lots of crazy ideas believe me, they doesnt even realize that their company already sinking

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I really like the Passport. It's a great "small computer" vs. "phone". Hopefully the price will come down to around $400, i.e. same price as a Nexus 5.

3. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

BB needs to release more touchscreen devices.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

All of their BB10 phones are touchscreen. Unless you're referring to all-touch devices, no PKB.

4. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

A likeable phone but it's not an option.

5. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Not an option for whom? You? But you are not everyone, this device is a niche device, and you apparently are not part of the niche

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Given how amazing the Passport is, I'm really looking forward to seeing what BB can do with their new approach to creative ideas. Easily the phone of 2014.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry has truly been innovating and pushing the envelope, especially as of late. All one has to do is look at the awesome BlackBerry Passport to see this. I eagerly look forward to what they bring to the market next. Keep innovating, BlackBerry!

9. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

All phones should have a battery like this.

10. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

sleek !!! I would get a bb again!!

12. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Blackberry brings nothing to the market. The phones they produce are outdated specs that other phones have had for two years. The app store is a complete embarrassment and they continue to use market share on a daily basis. Only fanboys will see this and try and spin it around try to present facts that make no sense at all

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The Passport has specs that meet and/or surpass quite a few flagships. The app store is supplemented by having access to the Amazon app store. Market share is absolutely an issue, but BB seems to have a nice amount of momentum with the Passport, selling 200k units in a day. It isn't Apple numbers, but it's a very good start. So yes. Fanboys only... Right.

14. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Let see Blackberry Passport vs Note 4, Galaxy S5...simply no contest. Hands down the Android phones

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why? Seriously. When compared to an S5, why?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think the Passport is a better device than BOTH the Note 4 and the GS5. But that's my OPINION as the Passport suits my needs. All those phones are top notch. You don't even know the difference between Android the OS and Google the COMPANY that OWNS said OS, remember? I pulled your card on that one, also.

18. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Your going to keep pulling that card about Google and Android fanboy? I know more about mobile phones you you would ever know. I know that Blackberry is a failure and not needed in ANY ENTERPRISE or CONSUMER market that I have dealt with.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! I'm gonna keep pulling that card because it PROVES you don't know anything about mobile phones, troll. If you knew more than me, You would have known that, and would not have needed me to correct you on it. I know you're a BlackBerry hater and will say anything negative about BlackBerry. You don't deal in enterprise or consumer markets, so stop the lies. BlackBerry OWNS the majority of market share in enterprise. If you actually worked in enterprise you would know this.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

200,000 phones sold in less than a day say that you're wrong, Apiskula/jbishops. The Passport matches many of today's flagships spec for spec, and even surpasses some. Their app store is geared towards enterprise. You would should know that, since you claim to work in IT. (Guess I caught you in another one of your lies on that one). The Amazon app store deal takes care of consumer apps for BlackBerry. Their market share in the consumer market may be low, but they have the most market share in enterprise. Please explain to me how do yo"present a FACT that makes no sense at all"? How is bit a FACT then? Do you read what you type before you post it? If you did, you wouldn't post such nonsense. By the way, only a troll would constantly log into BlackBerry articles and regurgitate the same negative BS over and over again, with no facts to prove your point.

32. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

You can say what you want about me I really don't care. The fact is that Blackberry is going downhill quickly. I have successful removed Blackberry from the IT environment in the last two companies I have worked for. Users have move to Iphones and Android and the feedback has been tremendous. Common feedback is the phones are much better, easier to use, app store is awesome, and I still can get my company email on my phone. So continue to state your facts all day long. Many many people know Blackberry is going to continue to struggle everyday and eventually be bought or sold off.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, the real facts of the matter are BlackBerry is getting better and for whatever reason you're afraid of it. You can try and lie all you want and spread all the FUD all you want, but the numbers don't lie. BlackBerry is improving quarter after quarter. And you can say "I don't care what you say, BlackBerry is doomed!" and whatever other nonsense you like, but what I just said is a FACT. The numbers back it up. Their selling out new handsets. In less than 2 days, at that. They have gained more BES clients. That means their enterprise market share is GROWING. They already own a whopping 60% of the market. BlackBerry will "eventually be bought or sold off"? Definitely not gonna happen. Not when they are the ones making the acquisitions. Two companies two months time. "So continue to state your facts all day long". Why would I do anything else? Of COURSE I'm going to continue to state the facts all day long. It's about time you acknowledged it! I state FACTS. You state lies, falsehoods, and made up stories. Especially the LIE about you "successfully removing BlackBerry from the IT environment of the last two companies you worked for". Don't be ridiculous! You don't even work in IT. If you do, what are the companies names that you did this for? What year, exactly? Bet you can't answer that HONESTLY. "BlackBerry is going to continue to struggle everyday..." Uh, not happening either. In case you haven't been paying attention, BlackBerry is on the rise! Their last two ER's prove this. More FACTS for you. The only thing BlackBerry MAY be struggling with at the moment is keeping up with the DEMAND FOR THE PASSPORT! You can lie all day, jbishops/Apiskula, but the truth is in plain sight for all to see.

34. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Wow fanboy you just continue to support this sinking ship. Like I said I do not care what you think of me or what I do. I am not going to list the companies I work for because that is none of your business. I know companies are happy that I have removed Blackberry from the environment and provided a much better mobile experience for them. So they sold 200K of the passport in one day. Who really cares. Apple sells 10 million in a week and the Note 4 will sell a lot more than 200K in a day. Quit brainwashing people with your Blackberry non sense. True mobile users know that Blackberry is not the preferred choice of users today. It is either Android or Apple which are the only main player in the mobile industry.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wow troll, you can continue to spread your FUD all you want, real tech users know the real deal and the numbers speak for themselves. You're not going to list the companies because there AREN'T any companies. You do not, nor have you ever worked, in IT. 200k in one day is 200k more than anything you've ever sold in your LIFE. It doesn't matter what Apple sells or what the Note 4 will sell. You have been up and down BlackBerry articles on PA saying "nobody wants BlackBerry" and "BlackBerry doesn't bring anything to mobile", and yet, here is 200k people that prove that you're a LIAR. They also recognized revenue on 2.1million smartphones, this past quarter, so that's another 2.1 million people that have proved you wrong yet again. There are also 91 million ACTIVE monthly BBM users, up from 85 million MAU's. That is an INCREASE of 6 million MAU's on a BlackBerry-provided service. So that's ANOTHER 91 million people that have proved you wrong. FACTS. I speak FACTS. And you? I don't need to "brainwash" anyone. The FACTS speak for themselves, and I can provide links to back up my statements. Can you? Let me answer that for you: Absolutely NOT. The most POWERFUL people in the world, people who are heads of state, nations, countries, military, gas and oil conglomerates, large law firms and large pharmaceutical companies(the largest in the WORLD, for the latter two mentioned), ALL USE and PREFER BlackBerry. I can back that up with links, boy. FACTS. BlackBerry's ECOSYSTEM is MUCH LARGER than you think. I can back that up with LINKS as well. FACTS. All you do is talk BS.

36. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

meanestgenius makes all good points. However, the main question I have for you, jbishops, is: Knowing that you have been spewing the same tired comments for months now (first as apiskula, then when that ID got limited and eventually banned, now with this ID), and knowing that your comments mean nothing to the PA readers because you don't back up your statements, and you're not respected by the readers, and all your statements are basically the same, and you're obviously only an android fan, why continue to come on to BlackBerry articles? Does it really matter to you that there are many people who still like and use BlackBerry? Does it really matter to you that the Passport was a successful launch? Does it really matter to you that we're presenting positive facts about BlackBerry? Does it really matter to you, as someone who is still sporting a Galaxy S3? Which by the way is kinda pathetic as an IT person. Honestly, I don't see how BlackBerry would even affect you, so why so much hatred? And why insist on calling us fanboys because we're presenting the reasons why we like BlackBerry? I'd really like to hear some honest answers to these questions. But I wouldn't be surprised if you skirt around them, or even ignore them.

37. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

You fan boys are hilarious. Everyone knows that Blackberry is a sinking ship. They are not popular anymore in the consumer market, and I know of nobody in the enterprise market that use them. Give it time and they will be gone

38. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

You didn't answer the questions. Afraid to answer? Or just plain not intelligent enough to understand? Really, it's to your benefit to answer, fandroid.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Again, the numbers don't lie. Either you can't read, or you just refuse to believe the truth. Either way, what you say doesn't matter in the least. BlackBerry will be around for an incredibly long time. Get used to it, fandroid. He's not going to answer, ablopez. He's just not intelligent enough to understand.

41. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

No they dont just go overtime... They usually vanish... Along with Palm

20. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

BBRY: BlackBerry's Collapsing Ecosystemhttp://m.seekingalpha.com/article/2531325?source=ansh

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