Watch John Chen use the BlackBerry Passport on video

Watch John Chen use the BlackBerry Passport on video
BlackBerry fans haven't really been used to this. The company has a smartphone that is so intriguing, that fans of all platforms are interested in the device. We're talking about the BlackBerry Passport. Expected to launch in September, the Passport offers a 4+ inch square screen with resolution of 1440 x 1440. A quad-core Snapdragon 800 powers the phone, which has 3GB of RAM inside, a 13MP rear snapper, and a whopping 3450mAh battery inside. Yes, this is an honest-to-goodness top-shelf model from BlackBerry.

More intriguing is the unique QWERTY keyboard on the phone. First, some history. After Steve Jobs introduced the OG Apple iPhone in 2007, BlackBerry executives felt that the public would never adopt to typing on glass. "The most exciting mobile trend is full QWERTY keyboards. I'm sorry, it really is. I'm not making this up," said then RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in May 2008. BlackBerry wanted the typing process to feel so real, that it came up with its SurePress typing system for the BlackBerry Storm. The idea behind SurePress was to make typing on glass feel like typing on a computer keyboard. Unfortunately, for BlackBerry, the idea didn't translate well to the smartphone.

But BlackBerry appears to have another unique take on the QWERTY keyboard with the Passport. There are no number keys or punctuation keys. Apparently, you will type on the keys for letters, and swipe over them to input numbers and punctuation.

How would you like to see this intriguing handset in action? We have a video showing BlackBerry CEO John Chen giving a quick 15 second demonstration of the BlackBerry Passport. To view it, just click on the video below.



source: BlackBerryVietnam via Crackberry

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35 Comments

1. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Even though I didn't like the design at first, but this Qwablet (yes that is what we call it) looks good. Look different, attracts attention. Trolls Please go on with your trolling as usual. You guys been busy last couple of days with the number of BlackBerry articles. But do continue trolling..

6. Desmortibus

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Qwablet ?... Man, that's a good one....

14. mkhwaja

Posts: 13; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yup, this phone definitely has its own category and Qwablet is most suited..

21. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Blackberry is getting Amazon's app store. So more apps for blackberry.http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-appstore-heads-to-blackberry-10-phones/

22. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I agree its the beat looking phone and the only one im actually interested in.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I *really* want to try it out. I'm not 100% sold on it being comfortable to use, but I think this is the sort of thing that you really have to try for yourself.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks interesting and the new keyboard is a good idea. If LG can get people to use buttons on the back, hopefully it'll be even easier for Blackberry to get people to swipe numbers and punctuation :)

4. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm intrigued, and not much is intriguing lately.

5. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I am currently in love with this Passport after a long period of hating it

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't like the sharp corners, they will make it uncomfortable to hold...

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Although they're a bit too sharp but nothing too significant then what Lumias and Sony have been doing with their already huge flagships.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Dunno. The Z2 actually feels quite good in the hand.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I want to try it badly.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Seeing the actual phone and not some ugly render makes me love it! I will definitely be getting the Passport upon its release. I can't wait to try out the innovative keyboard.

12. Sid91 unregistered

Good phone and different from current flagships, All the phones and features have become so similar , this change might attract customers towards BB.

13. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Was this filmed with a Potato?

15. Sid91 unregistered

No he only had a calculator with front facing camera, and the phone battery was low

32. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I just legit fell off the bed lol

34. Cookief34

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Maybe if you get out of bed and get out in the real world, you'll see how superior a BB is.

16. Cookief34

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

What kind of phone is he holding near the end of the video, with the rounded corners and qwerty keys?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's the Q20, or BlackBerry Classic, as it is now called. Brings back the "tool belt" and track pad that many BlackBerry enthusiasts wanted brought back. I think it's a great looking handset, and no one can say that BlackBerry doesn't listen to its consumers demands.

23. Cookief34

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Thanks for the reply. It looked bigger than the Q20, but hard to tell in the video. As a die-hard torch user I've been waiting for a qwerty with a bigger screen. They are definitely listening - some of us love our keys :)

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed! I'm using a Q10 right now, and I love it!

18. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

It looks interesting, and I remember loving my old BB back in the day... but I do like my androids now and the trade off of being able to use the entire surface of the phone, but having to use an on screen keyboard, is a fine one for me. It looks that this keyboard is trying to be minimalist while still giving users that physical keyboard. The only thing that I am worried about is that they are trying to re-invent the wheel and I do not know if it will catch on with a lot of people... even the physical-keyboard-faithful crowd. Time will tell, and I can't wait to see more than a 14sec teaser so we can make an actual opinion.

19. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Typical hone that nobody will buy

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Typical comment that nobody cares about.

25. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Are you saying that they will sell exactly zero of these phones? If you're wrong, will you please stop posting your predictions?

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hopefully he will stop with his predictions when BlackBerry proves him wrong, ablopez. But that's probably just wishful thinking, getting this troll to shut up.

27. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I Why do you people keep insisting BlackBerry has anything left. They are done. There are much more superior phones on the market today. With the LG3, S5, and the Note 4 coming I would never even waste my time with BlackBerry. Heck I would even take an S2 over anything they offer. They had their time and people have moved on. The OS is terrible and serves no purpose. The app store is complete garbage as well

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why do you keep on insisting that anyone cares what you have to say? Clearly BlackBerry still has much left. Unless you've been under a rock the last week or so(you probably were, since that's where you live), BlackBerry had a phenomenal week. Their quarterly report was good. The Amazon app store will now be preloaded onto new BlackBerry hardware. And speaking of new hardware, have your beady little eyes seen the BlackBerry Passport? Those specs are on par with anything that is about to be released running Android. And if you would choose an S2 over any of the current BlackBerry crop, then I pity you. The S2 is lag city and outdated. And how can you say the best OS on the market today(BB10)is outdated? Then again, I know for a fact that you've never even tried a BB10 device, so all you're doing is speaking from a position of ignorance. The BlackBerry World app store is great, and with the Amazon app store loaded onto BB10 devices, that makes two GREAT app stores on a BB10 device. The OS serves multiple purposes, especially in businesses, but you would know this had you ever used a BB10 device. So you keep on hating and speaking from a place of ignorance, and I and many others will continue to enjoy our BlackBerry 10 devices as BlackBerry continues to get better and thrive.

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