Specs leak for the BlackBerry Passport: 3GB of RAM, huge battery and OIS

Specs leak for the BlackBerry Passport: 3GB of RAM, huge battery and OIS
Next month, Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry will each introduce an eagerly awaited device. The Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the BlackBerry Passport are the three models. For BlackBerry, having a phone that everyone is talking about is a bit unusual. We haven't seen such a buzz around a new 'Berry since the BlackBerry Storm, and we all know how that turned out.

But it is a whole new regime up in Waterloo, and CEO John Chen is a successful turnaround artist. The BlackBerry Passport is the first high-end model to be produced during Chen's reign, and includes a unique QWERTY keyboard that doubles as a trackpad. With three rows of physical keys (all letters, no punctuations or numbers), a row of virtual keys will appear based on the context of what you are writing. Authoring a text? You will see a virtual key for "@". Browsing the web? Virtual keys will include a colon (":") and a backslash ("/").

The BlackBerry Passport offers a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 1440, resulting in a pixel density of 453ppi. To put that in perspective, that tops the 441ppi pixel density of the HTC One (M8). Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen from scratches and the 1:1 aspect ratio means that the screen is box shaped. A quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 is under the hood, with the Adreno 330 GPU crunching graphics. 3GB of RAM is on board and there is 32GB of native storage. The hot swappable microSD slot has a 32GB capacity. A 13MP rear-facing camera includes OIS, and there is a 2MP front-facing snapper. Keeping the lights on all day is the 3450mAh battery. A nano SIM card slot is included, and the dimensions are 128 x 90.3 x 9.3mm (9.6mm where the camera is).

Now go wipe the drool off your mouth. This is obviously the most delectable 'Berry since, well, ever. It might not be enough to get Android, iOS or even Windows Phone users to switch. But what the Passport will do, is introduce many more BlackBerry users to BlackBerry 10 and this just might keep the company's handset business alive. 

source: N4BB via Crackberry

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  • 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)



1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wah wah wah... jackie chen really rocks

85. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Btw not a bad idea to get Jackie Chan for BlackBerry.. as a promoter for Asian countries... PS: i will buy one... or even two x)

88. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I call John chen as Jackie Chen... bcoz Jackie Chen is my favorite actor and I am kinda getting inspired from John chen's efforts that he is not giving up, so he deserve to be called as my favorite Jackie chen

93. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

do what you want...

99. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am doing, seems you have problem?? pissed... but thats ok

111. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

That escalated quick

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


42. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Go hungry marketing and it will piss T-Mobile for sure

108. parthoman

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 18, 2014


3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

The specs on the Passport are great! It may not get lots of defectors from other OS's, but it will get some, and it will get many BlackBerry users to upgrade. I will definitely be purchasing this awesome handset! Bravo BlackBerry, on an awesome, innovative handset!

47. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Attractive and innovative. Never been a BB fan, but I hope it helps them survive.

61. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Second that. I had a BlackBerry Pearl once back in the day, and although I was not a huge fan of BlackBerry, I have been keeping an eye on them. I am hopeful that they will survive, and that BB10 will gain traction. With the likes of the Passport, the Classic, and other devices coming out, I am hopeful that the now fourth OS will remain alive and well. There are a lot of people who are fans of the classic BlackBerry keyboard design, and will see these new devices as an outstanding answer to what they were looking for all along - so, keeping close to those roots is key for BlackBerry moving forward, and so figuring out how to make good hybrid devices that take the best of the future and the best of the classics and fuse them together well is critical. I am also intrigued by the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9983, even though that only goes to a very small luxury niche market... its success would show that BlackBerry can still kill it in the luxury device end of things. That said, I am not likely to buy a BlackBerry any time soon. I am, however, glad to see success returning in any shape or form to BlackBerry so that they stay alive. Just like four major carriers are better than three, so too four OS's are better than three, as well.

117. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

To bad my Note 4 will trump this so called phone. What a disgrace Blackberry is

120. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're Note 4 won't "trump" anything, Apiskula. By the way, you're account under "Apiskula" is no longer banned. No need for you to keep using jbishops now.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

"We haven't seen such a buzz around a new 'Berry since the BlackBerry Storm, and we all know how that turned out." Just couldn't resist taking a shot at BlackBerry, could you Alan? Smh...that part about the BlackBerry Storm, a phone that came out 6 years ago, didn't have to be mentioned. BlackBerry has had 2 regime changes since then. I long to see the day when tech sites that are supposed to be impartial report the news as such.

48. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I like the idea of unbiased reporting, lord knows it's rare in the tech world, and Alan is as guilty as anyone in this regard. However, I can't really fault him for his comment. Yes the Storm was released 6 years ago, but by all accounts, biased or not, it was a disaster. BBerry was pretty much on top of the smartphone world back then, Apple was the newcomer and Android was a joke if it had even been released at that point. BBerry could have solidified their position at the top with a good answer to the iPhone. But instead they gave us the Storm. And the rest is history.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's OLD news know. Definitely not a reason to mention something that happened 6 years ago. How come PA never mentions the positive stuff about BlackBerry? There are SO MANY positive articles that I can provide links for about BlackBerry, but PA NEVER posts those kinds of articles about BlackBerry. For example, how come they never mention about BlackBerry's efforts in the "Internet of Things"? Likewise, there are so many negative articles about Android and iOS that I come across everyday that never makes its way to PA. It's bias reporting.

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

*That's old news *now*

114. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It may be old news, but "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."

119. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you see BlackBerry "repeating the past"? I don't. I see them doing things far different than what they used to do, and it's paying off for them.

118. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

They do not mention Blackberry for several reasons. Blackberry provides no innovation the in market. They have very little market share. Consumers and businesses have moved on to other better performing platforms and much higher end phones. If they posted a lot of Blackberry articles on PA nobody would would come to the website.

121. meanestgenius

Posts: 22503; Member since: May 28, 2014

Show proof with links that businesses have moved away from BlackBerry. You cant, can you? BlackBerry commands over 60% of the enterprise market. Entire governments are moving to use BlackBerry, like Germany, for example. That marks your BS claim as false. If no one would come to the website if they posted more BlackBerry articles, then why do YOU ALWAYS come to BlackBerry articles, jbishops/Apiskula? As a matter of fact, you ONLY come to BlackBerry articles on phone arena. No other ones about any other OS. Guess BlackBerry articles on PA have you hooked, Apiskula! That also proves that people do visit the website for BlackBerry articles. You sure do.

5. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I like it. Not sure I would buy one, but I like.

6. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It would have been better for them to put in a Snapdragon 801 for even better battery life. Everything else seems good, especially the camera specs but we'll see the results once it's released.

7. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

That sure does look nice

8. tp2386

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

I'm all over the Passport like a hobo on a ham sandwich.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol. Good one.

41. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I just choked on my ham sandwich laughing at this. Hell of a joke. Thank you for that, my day was kinda $hitty before.

9. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

3450mAh battery + 4.5 inch screen..... This thing is gonna last for long time!

24. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

Since it has a 1:1 aspect ratio, its 4.5" screen actually has about the same area as a 4.9" 16:9 screen.

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