White BlackBerry Passport confirmed, will have "porcelain-like" back panel

White BlackBerry Passport confirmed, will have "porcelain-like" back panel

BlackBerry's Donny Halliwell published this really nice photo of a white BlackBerry Passport, hereby confirming that the odd and very original square-shaped QWERTY phone will also appear in white. Not just plain white, mind you, but according to BB Passport designers Brian Paschke and Joseph Hofer, the particular shade is custom to the phone and made to match its stainless steel frame. Allegedly, the white color has been "further tuned for each individual part and material in order to create overall color harmony". That's some fine-tuned "designer speak" for sure.

Not only that, but the white Passport's rear cover is said to use a porcelain-like coating that is "smooth to the touch" while providing grip. And if you happened to have any doubts, BlackBerry's creation is, indeed, "inspired by a traveler's passport; a familiar and universal symbol of mobility."

This further reinforces a point that many seem to be missing - the Passport is a business and productivity-oriented phone that has "limited appeal" written on it and is not afraid of it. As CEO John Chen said many times already, BlackBerry is targeting industry customers before regular users, and the Passport is the very interesting way in which his words are manifesting into products.

via BerryReview

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50 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

AVESOMEEEEEEEEEE!

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Man that's an ugly phone :(

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

YOU HAVE A HORRIBLE TASTE! sry

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Well you can say that brother. I do like the concept but this design could have been much much better. See BB doesn't have enough time to gain its image back and it is not good to do experiments at this stage. Rather they can introduce something to compete against G3, S5, M8 etc. But I know there would be some ppl around saying BB is not targeting a regular consumer market but a different consumer market. But my friends heads up for IBM + Apple's deal and moreover Google + Samsung would nail the business/govt sectors very soon.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

This device isn't targeted for the consumer market. John Chen himself has already said this. It's target audience is in enterprise and regulated industries. Their image in those two aforementioned industries is better than most, including Samsung, Google, Apple and IBM's. And BlackBerry has NOTHING to worry about from Samsung/Google or Apple/IBM. None of them have the experience in enterprise and security that BlackBerry has, nor do any of them have an end to end solution to offer at all, let alone one that can compete with BlackBerry's.

43. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Enterprise already moved on to NON-BB device. Still using the not-well-supported platform in enterprise show the lack of knowledge in mobile device and can result in embarrassing moment when meeting with others that think bb is the past.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're feeding us all misinformation. Enterprise HAS NOT moved on from BlackBerry. Their ownership of 62% of the enterprise market proves that you're lying. All in enterprise know that BlackBerry is the GOLD STANDARD. NO ONE provides such a robust, end to end solution as BlackBerry does. They are far larger in enterprise than their next 3 competitors COMBINED. Enterprise still flocks to BlackBerry. No one is EMBARRASSED that they are still using the BlackBerry solution. And for those places that allow BYOD, they still use BlackBerry's MDM services to keep it all under control. This is not some foolish grade school thing. This is SERIOUS BUSINESS. And for that, enterprise and regulated industries still trust and use BlackBerry over ALL.

45. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

The sad thing about WahooWisnu is that he's probably not lying. He is so delusional in his thinking about BlackBerry, and his wishful thinking about BlackBerry going bankrupt is clouding his mind. He will continue to post his versions of "facts" in hopes that readers will listen to him and think he is the expert on the market. He lives in a small country, yet he thinks he knows what the whole world is doing. In addition, he gets a kick out of getting a rise out of BlackBerry users, which is basically trolling. He can post all he wants, but I am 99.9% sure that most readers here already find him obnoxious. I would feel sorry for him, but I find him obnoxious as well. Ditto everything above regarding apiskula.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are probably correct about WahyWacko, Asspiskula, PhoneyBaloneyUser and the rest of the troll brigade. They are lost in their own little world where they think if they say loud enough and often enough, BlackBerry will "die", or go "bankrupt", or that the BlackBerry faithful will just up and leave BlackBerry for Another OS. It's sad, really. I find them all obnoxious as well...and pitiful.

47. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

True, very pitiful. So what's worse, posting false facts to try to prove BlackBerry is dying all over the world including enterprise, or not posting anything other than "Blackberry and those who choose Blackberry should just die already"?

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Both are at the same level of horrible, if you ask me. It would be better if neither posted anything at all. But, if I had to choose, I would say the false facts. There would be those inclined to believe that "false facts poster" is telling the truth. Such a person must be silenced with the truth at every turn.

50. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you have no clue about what your even saying! move on please!

8. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Good Lord Knows I can't wait to get this phone. September should already hurry up. I love my Q10 as I own two. The white and black and I just swap both phones anytime I want. Once it is available am ordering from overseas immediately. I don't do contracts as I buy my phones outright. Thank you blackberry for making something extraordinary and very unique just for folks like me. Every Tom dick and harry can go for the galaxy and iphone.

49. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

your phone is so 'average' looking, and you have absolutely NO taste!

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

1) It is device from dying company. 2) Not ergonomic design. 3) Small 4.5 inches display which is not good for browsing, gaming, navigation in car, foto and video watching. 4) Poorly supported Operating System. 5) Relatively poor asortiment of BlackBerry OS native apps. 6) Android apps lags on BlackBerry OS. 7) Previous BlackBerry flagship already failed and that makes no credibility for this device also. 8) According to lack of people's interest in this device this device will be not popular. And I don't care what propoganda BlackBerry fanboys and prepaid hype spreaders with multiple different user accounts will gona spread here!

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

1.That has nothing to do with the device 2.Look at all the phablets. Plus this will probably be one of the most ergonomic ones to hold in 2 hands 3.1:1 aspect ratio makes browsing good. Maybe video or some games not so much. 4.Still one of the smoothest and IMO one of the best looking&functioning 5.Don't know what that means. lolol 6.Don't care. It has enough BB apps 7. 1. 8. I'll be glad to have a not so popular device

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"1.That has nothing to do with the device" People who buys this device for longer time will lose support. "2.Look at all the phablets. Plus this will probably be one of the most ergonomic ones to hold in 2 hands" Ergonomic is not only about how you hold it. "3.1:1 aspect ratio makes browsing good. Maybe video or some games not so much." It doesn't matter what aspect ratio you will put into 4.5 inches. The fact that it is 4.5 inches already says that experience will be poor. "4.Still one of the smoothest and IMO one of the best looking&functioning" My paragraph 4 talks about poor support not about how it looks or how it runs. "6.Don't care. It has enough BB apps" Look at my paragraph 5, now you know what that means. "8. I'll be glad to have a not so popular device" In your place I wouldn't be so glad to have device which is not popular because not popular device means poor assortiment of accessories, lack of attention from developers (game and software making companies), lack of attention from amateur developers and good hackers. P.S. Also I know that you are not blind BlackBerry fanboy or prepaid hype spreader so I respect your opinion, I just have a bit different opinion than you.

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like that word "prepaid hype spreader" lol

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LOL! I was searching right formulation to describe them. I don't know if it is right formulation but so far it looks good. :D

25. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

official name of prepaid hype spreader is astroturferhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

19. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

If you're reading articles on PA and commenting, you're a fanboy of something. Fanboy shouldn't be used in a derogatory manner here. Glad you mentioned that you respect his opinion and yours is just different. Mine happens to be different from yours as well, as I'm hoping BlackBerry survives and thrives.

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"If you're reading articles on PA and commenting, you're a fanboy of something." Not true! "Mine happens to be different from yours as well, as I'm hoping BlackBerry survives and thrives." I not really like BlackBerry but my comment #13 doesn't mean that I wish bad for BlackBerry.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

1) YES, that is true, PhoneArenaUser. ALL of us here on PA are fanboys of one OS or another. 2) ALL of your previous statements about BlackBerry have nothing BUT doom and gloom for BlackBerry. Don't try and lie about it now. You attempt to bash me and others like me simply because we like BlackBerry. I've never attacked you for whatever OS you like, nor do I care what OS you like. You need to respect others choices and let well enough alone.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

1) More lies. Try harder. 2) That being the case, you cannot say that this device will be any harder or more awkward to hold than any other phablet. 3) Then I guess that new iteration of the Galaxy S5 is going to have some pretty poor web browsing, being that it's only .2 inches taller. 4) Support for this phone will be just fine. 5) Thanks to Amazon, the consumer app selection will be just fine. That, coupled with the fact that BB10 runs 98% of all Android apps, and you have all the apps you could want or need. 6) This device is aimed at the enterprise market. It will be supported there by enterprise app developers just fine. I have already seen accessories for this phone already and it hasn't even been released. I will post the link shortly. PS- You are a blind BlackBerry hater. We BlackBerry fans do not give a crap about your opinion.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://crackberry.com/first-look-leather-flip-cover-case-blackberry-passport That link shows an accessory for the BlackBerry Passport, and it hasn't even been released yet. Looks like I put that little lie of yours to bed with the TRUTH.

20. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I totally agree with you on this. They failed miserably with the Z10 and now they have this ugly phone that nobody will buy. I have no idea why these fanboys are still with BlackBerry. Wake up and go with phones that are actually good to use and have a app store like android.

22. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

I'm awake and I love my BlackBerry Z30. Get over it already.

26. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

This bb addict is too close to bb to see the big picture. They don't know what they've been missing..... until bb went bankrupt and they start using other phone.

29. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Wrong about being too close to see the big picture. I've used android and iphones and currently prefer BlackBerry. It's just a personal preference right now, and I suspect there are plenty of other people who happen to have the same preference. You're right however that I'll most likely continue to use BlackBerry... either until they officially go bankrupt, or something that I like better comes along. In the meantime, please just admit already that you're obsessed with BlackBerry more than actual BlackBerry users are. Over 700 comments now... how many of those were on BlackBerry articles, Wahyu?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21325; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still obsessed with BlackBerry, Wahy? WOW...You really need help. Over 700 comments, and most are negative about BlackBerry. Clearly we don't CARE what you think about BlackBerry, so don't waste your breath any longer. BlackBerry is what we like and what we will continue to use.

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