Images show that the super-weird BlackBerry Passport renders apps just fine, despite its square display

Images show that the super-weird BlackBerry Passport renders apps just fine, despite its square display
The BlackBerry Passport is one super-weird device, if we so say ourselves. And it's not because of some major discrepancy between price and specs, or anything along those line, but, rather, because of the way it looks. In case you didn't know, the Passport literally looks like a square. We should expect so, of course, considering that it's one of the few smartphones ever made with a square (1:1 aspect ratio) screen. It honestly just looks awkward, at least from what we've seen so far.

But even if you're willing to stomach the upcoming Berry's funny look, practical considerations like how well will apps scale, are not to be ignored. Even if you're crazy about physical QWERTY keyboards. Indeed, we've been pondering over that for a while now, but it appears that all that mental energy was wasted for nothing. That, at least, is what a new set of photos, showing the Passport running two different apps, indicate. As you can see for yourself below, the non-traditional (to put it mildly) aspect ratio doesn't seem to mess up apps' look, and there's no ugly letterboxing or anything. So no worries there.

An exact launch date hasn't been announced, but the company has made it clear that they're aiming for a September unveiling in London. Price, similarly, remains unknown.


source: N44B

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35 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

rim is going to be rip :)))

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No it won't. This should sell well.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I guess that some people will love this and others would never even consider this. I personally like it somehow.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1030; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Don't know if it should but one thing I can tell you is that it won't. Optimus VU is already weird, this takes steps forward in that direction.

16. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well you are right: RIM is actually dead. The company is now called "Blackberry Limited". So, your comment is accurate although I'm sure that's not what you were intending.

28. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

the only thing that is limited is your intelligence, which is pathetic

3. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Why in the world I'm going to buy such a weird phone. No business man wants to put something like this in his pocket. Not to mention that the keyboard misses essential buttons like (shift) Why you are doing this to yourself RIM

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Widescreen viewing

13. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

but the best thing about the berries is their keyboard and now we don't get that full keyboard experience as before

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The shift key appears on the on-screen portion when typing. Why wouldn't a business man want to put this in his pocket?

29. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

really?? 'No business man wants to put something like this in his pocket' did your crystal ball tell you this?? IDIOT!

5. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

I like it. it's unique.

35. Carlosfrancoz

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Unique like LG Vu?? basically same disign but with physical keyboard, so unique for blackberry at least...

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

And this is how we know we can discard any comments iGeek and hypnotika make about BlackBerry into the trash: They keep referring to the company as RIM. BlackBerry hasn't gone by that name in what? Over a year now. You guys probably still think Lazaridis is still running the company. The Passport is going to sell quite well. Especially to the medical sector. And consumer interest in this device is way up. Please try to bring some substance to the conversation next time.

22. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

This phone will not sell well just like the other one's that don't sell.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

This phone will definitely sell. And if you say the others don't sell, then you can't read. The Z3 has been selling quite well in the markets it's been released in.

26. Busyboy unregistered

You mean Z2 right?

34. g2a5b0e unregistered

No. He means the Z3. Blackberry, not Sony.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its a great BlackBerry phone. Tis should sell well.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I can't wait to try out that keyboard. I expect that there will be a learning curve, but after that I have a feeling it will be incredibly productive.

14. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I had a real tough time writing text on a touch screen phone so despite Nokia ditching Symbian I bought a Nokia E6 keyboard / touchscreen hybrid IMO this was an excellent phone only let down by and it baffle me a fixed focus 8Mp camera. Fixed focus mean that it cannot and never will read QR codes bar codes etc which on autofocus automatic The screen size of the passport is 4.5" to the Q10 3.1" the E6 has a tiny 2.46" and despite my big hands the touch screen was manageable but you had to slow downat that point You still get the 3 row qwerty keyboard so whilst the nokia and Q10 have 4 rows I presume some functions like shift and symbol must be performed on the touch screen itself or setting like auto capitilisation after a full stop You can see how Blackeberry have maximised the screen size in pictue three, but a physical keypad on a phone is an experiance to savour Only been using a qwerty phone fo 2 years and seeing it alongside a bold is is easily a premium Blackerry phone

11. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

I'm really hoping BlackBerry markets this well. The better it's marketed towards more businesses, the more successful this phone will be.

12. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like uniqueness. I don't want every tom dick using what I use. That been said I have been a forever BlackBerry user and used android made by Samsung for 4yrs starting from the original galaxy s - the note 2. I sold my note 2 and never will look back to samsung nor android generally. Blackberry just hurry up and launch the passport. I love my BlackberryQ10 and can't wait to get this.

17. joe23521

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Something about this big giant square of a screen that is appealing to me. If I used my phone for business and not Netflix, I'd take a look at this.

18. anthonykitbuchanan

Posts: 6; Member since: May 11, 2012

This phone is awesome. I am currently using the Xperia Z Ultra and eventhough this Passport has a screen a little small for my taste I would consider this phone if I could run android apps. The person that posted this article is probably saying, "I just cant let my friends see me with this. They would laugh at me. Eventhough the shape is different that's actually a good thing however my friend will laugh at me so I cant like this phone.

19. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I am missing a physical keyboard :(. If BB weren't on the brink of extinction this would be my next phone

20. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Hey I just realized that this article isn't tagged Blackberry. Hopefully this means that apiskula and wahooyahoo won't find it and therefore won't post their useless trolling comments.

21. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Who in there right mind would purchase this. Give me a break. Shut it Blackberry!

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

People who like and want true innovation, that's who. BlackBerry fans, that's who. Now you shut it!

30. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I am not shutting anything. If you don't like my comments then why do you always respond? This phone will be a complete failure just like the rest of the products.

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