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

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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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