Check out the BlackBerry Passport's unique QWERTY using the BlackBerry 10.3 simulator

Check out the BlackBerry Passport's unique QWERTY using the BlackBerry 10.3 simulator
The fascinating BlackBerry Passport is getting smartphone fanatics interested once again, in the BlackBerry name. Part of the reason for the excitement is the high-end specs on the device, never before seen on a BlackBerry. We're talking about the 1440 x 1440 resolution screen, quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM and a massive 3450mAH battery.

Even more interesting is the odd looking physical QWERTY that has no punctuation or function keys, and no numbers. Apparently, users will tap the keys for letters, and swipe over them for other functions. If you're a developer, you might be interested in knowing how the new "touch-enabled" QWERTY will work with your apps. In fact, you can see how your app works with the BlackBerry 10.3 update and the Passport by downloading the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS, simulator, and SDKs.

With the BlackBerry 10.3 simulator controls, you can see the new "touch-enabled" keyboard in action and also get a good look at the new UI for BlackBerry 10.3. Later this year, BlackBerry 10.3.1 will be made available to all BlackBerry 10 handsets. Meanwhile, you can download the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS, simulator, and SDKs by clicking on the sourcelink below. To check out the BlackBerry Passport keyboard, go to the BlackBerry 10.3 simulator and check the BlackBerry 10 keyboard 1440 x 1440. That boxy resolution is what you'll find on the BlackBerry Passport where the aspect ratio is 1:1.


source: BlackBerry

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38 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wait, in the first paragraph you say that the Passport has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 but at the end of the article you say that it has a 1:1 ratio. I'm confused...

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I think its 1440 x 1440, probably a typo by PA

13. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

That's gonna be some high ppi

35. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

453 ppi, 1440x1440 it's confirmed by BlackBerry PÅ do your job properly..

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7467; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Now that's a BlackBerry I could use. Not to mention the Android app stores from Amazon an a few others bringing their Android apps to BlackBerry.

8. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

If you want Android apps, why don't you buy Android phone instead of this ordeal?

10. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

trolls wont get it... its because of the OS... just try the OS and then talk... for now just SHUT UP!

11. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I have z10 and the OS is a piece of sh** when I compared it with my Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 5s. No thing is distinguishable for BlackBerry. That's why BlackBerry market share is less than 1%. BlackBerry is done with the hardware. Selling less than 2 million device per quarter is equal to zero in the current standards. They will shut down the handset division soon

12. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Mr man you don't own no Z10. Troll Alert

18. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@Manti correction... BB % in Q1 2014 is 0.5% (not equal to zero). LOL. I have 1 friend who bought Z10 at launch, but latter on use LG G2, and he also swear the same, he said that Z10 hang a lot, and overall experience not as good as android.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who cares what you and your friends think about BlackBerry? I have friends that have switched from Android to BlackBerry and haven't looked back since. What's your point?

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

@Manti, I have owned every Galaxy S and Note phone that has been released. I've even owned other Android phones from HTC and Sony. I've even owned the iPad mini with retina. All were crap to me. BB10 is the best OS by far, IMO. Just like BB10 being crap is YOUR OPINION, wrong as it may be. Instead of you coming onto PA and bashing others for using BlackBerry 10 handsets and trolling BlackBerry articles, you should respect others decision and move on. And for the record: BlackBerry shipped 2.6 MILLION handsets last quarter, not less than 2 million. They only need to sell 2.5 million per quarter for their handset business to be profitable. Get your facts straight before you post, please.

29. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I highly doubt that BlackBerry can persist on selling 2.5 million device each quarter. A year ago they almost sold 7 million, but the latest quarter they managed to sell only 2.6 million. This division is really in a free fall. They might survive in the BES or BBM sectors. For the hardware, I personally don't see any chance.

30. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@john. exactly. and I don't understand why that stat hurt notgenius. it's a simple stat that saying bb still have not past the worst part of their life. btw john, the BES, or in bb saying, the revenue that they got from software and services also declining quarter after quarter.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

WahaWihaknee, I just don't understand why it pains you so much to see BlackBerry doing well. You must have been pulling what little hair you have out of your tiny head when they reported a much better than expected quarter. And revenue from BIS is going down, NOT BES. Gotta get those facts of yours straight.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's your opinion and you're welcome to it. I believe they can do it. You are acting as if BlackBerry is not using a different methodology to selling their phones than they have in the past. They are. They will sell the 10 million phones a year required to keep the handset business afloat. And there is no "might survive" when it comes to BES or BBM. Those are two of the crowning jewels of the company, what, with BBM now up to 160 million registered users with 85 million of them daily active users and BlackBerry adding 1.2MILLION BES 10 licences last quarter alone, over 10% of them coming from competing vendors.

17. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@Zeeya, why the hars talk? Is all bb fans were bad tempered? I try BB10 (the phone/ the OS), and I think there is nothing special. It doesn't have something that other OS (android/iOS) don't. So, why? What do you mean try the OS?

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why do you always speak so harshly about BlackBerry? Why can't you respect others decision to use what they wish, without your half-a-cent being added? Android and iOS is not for everyone. There are those that like BlackBerry. Deal with it.

34. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

It sounds like that you are talking about BB 10.0 which was a worse first version and a big mistake by BlackBerry.. let's talk about 10.3.. which is definitely better than iOS and Android

14. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Cuz we wanna try the OS and we want a good QWERTY phone

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

So, you means YOU WANT QWERTY PHONE, and don't care if the OS good or bad...?? Is that the meaning that BB OS10 is good?

16. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

@Manti123 EXACTLY, I don't understand the bb fans. If they want android apps why buy bb phone? it's like you want to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken, and buy microwaveable fried chicken.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

They want BlackBerry for the superior OS. How dense are you that you cannot understand this?

28. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

MG: we know where the denseness comes from! :)

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22332; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed, ablopez!

36. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Because I hate android and I love BB10.. It's like you want to force me to believe in god so you can sleep better.. There're enough people who love and want use bb10 Deal with it. I don't tell you to use BB10 if u want use android that's totally fine.. because I don't care what u use.. I just give a s**t..

3. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Alan tends to get things wrong when it comes to BB things I've noticed. And doesn't care. I've told him when he is wrong and he keeps the wrong stuff up there.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I've given up on trying to correct him. You give the right information, and not even a few days later the same mistake is found.

6. jsdechavez

Posts: 810; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I just hope this keyboard doesn't undercut the Passport's lifetime. My experience with qwerty BB's (and Nokia Eseries messengers), they last a long time but there will always be that key or two that will definitely require more pressure after a while (shift, caps, del, e, or a)

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's mean you use it beyond it's lifetime, and need to get new phone.

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