Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) and other major smartphone vendors have already launched their flagship smartphones this year. Meanwhile, two other smartphones are creating a lot of buzz, and both are expected to hit the markets later this year. Yes, we are talking about Blackberry Passport and Google’s Nexus 6.
Can Passport change the fate of BlackBerry?
BlackBerry’s Passport is clearly aimed at enterprise users. Despite its weird look, users are excited about it. A recent consumer survey conducted by The Verge revealed that the Passport was hands down the “Most exciting new smartphone.” On the flip side, Google’s Nexus line has always been considered one of the best Android smartphones. And they come with an affordable price tag. So, given a choice which one would you go for?
Blackberry has already confirmed many specs of Passport at various exhibitions and shows. The phone will officially be launched on September 24 in Toronto, London and Dubai. Passport is a 2-in-1 smartphone. It has a 4.5-inch touchscreen display along with BlackBerry’s signature QWERTY keypad. It will sport an IPS display with 1440×1440 resolution and 453ppi pixel density. And yes, its screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Passport will be powered by 2.26GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU. The device will have 2MP front-facing camera and 13MP main snapper, packed with features such as HDR, optical image stabilization and geotagging. BlackBerry has equipped Passport with 3450mAh battery, promising two full days of battery life. The phone will have 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB and BlackBerry OS 10.3 operating system.
When is Nexus 6 coming?
On the other hand, Google’s Nexus 6 will reportedly be launched on Halloween, October 31. The phone recently reached India for demo purposes. There have been a lot of rumors about who will manufacture this phone. In the past, Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics have produced Nexus. But this time Google has reportedly turned to Motorola for Nexus 6.
Nexus 6 is expected to sport a 5.2-inch QHD screen with 1440×2560 pixel resolution. Rumors suggest that the phone will be powered by 2.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and Adreno 420 GPU. It will have 13MP main camera and 2.1MP front shooter. According to LoadTheGame, the camera will also see some improvements with dual recording, touch focus, photo sphere, optical image stabilization, HDR, autofocus and geotagging.
Nexus 6 will likely get the newest Android L operating system. The device will be backed by 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.