BlackBerry, recently, showed off the long-rumored ‘Windermere’ smartphone to be officially called Passport, which would launch in September. However, despite being official, the details surrounding the specifications of the handset have been quite limited, but not anymore thanks to CrackBerry, which recently released many images and a video of the upcoming handset.
Unlike previous models from BlackBerry
The picture suggests, the phone is a big one and definitely bigger than the iPhone 4. The keyboard has been adjusted in a smaller space to enlarge the screen, which would be not very comfortable for typing.
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BlackBerry Passport differs from the previous chunk of Q10, Z10 and Z30. Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry said that the name reflects the target demography for the handset as “the business traveler who never leaves home without their Passport.” The design and shape have nothing common compared to the previous BlackBerry phones. The screen scores full marks with the sharpest display and an improvement over the cramped user interface in Q10.
Will it spark user’s interest?
The visible specs in the photo suggests that Passport will have a 3450mAh non-removable battery, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 1440×1440 LCD displays, and microSD and SIM card slots that load from the top. The outer specification of Passport is promising, but might not be enough to retain the lost glory of the brand. Also, the slightly odd-looking form factor of the phone may not go well with the masses except for the corporate users.
It is hard to believe that the company, which is on the brink of failure or has rather failed, is going aggressive on the design of the Passport. Square screen is not that concerns the onlookers, but the size and breadth of the phone makes it an odd device altogether.
Recently, BlackBerry launched BlackBerryFactCheck, which will convey facts to the loyal users along with countering the “smoke and mirrors marketing tactics” of its competitors. Also, BlackBerry is expected to enter in partnership with Amazon following which the users will be able to access the Amazon Appstore.
Update: first para has been changed to reflect that the handset has been officially showcased earlier.