BlackBerry today unveiled a Passport Silver Edition, which has been in the news for the past few days. The device has stunning silver finish with curved corners, and “reinforced stainless steel frame for extra strength and durability,” the Canadian firm said. The Passport Silver Edition can be purchased through ShopBlackBerry.com in North America starting today for $549.
Accidentally leaked ahead of the official launch
A day before the official release, BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition has been accidentally showcased by a Swiss retailer named PCP ahead of the official launch for the North American market. A few days back, it was revealed in a leak that BlackBerry Oslo aka Dallas is the same as Passport Silver Edition.
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The online listing showed some minor physical changes in the Passport Silver Edition from the original version. Though the Swiss retailer used an old image to show the Passport Silver Edition, the back showed a different camera and the flash module than what we have seen in the original Passport. The ring circling the lens carry words reading “13 Megapixel, OIS, f/2.0,” says a report from BlackBerry Central. In June, CEO John Chen did tweet about an update to the camera for the Passport.
Apart from the camera, other changes evident from the online listing was the rounded bottom left and right edges, making it easier to hold the phone than with the sharp squared-off edges in the original version. Other specs of the phone are same; a 4.5-inch screen with 1440 x 1440 resolution and 453ppi pixel density. The phone will be powered by Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and the Adreno 330 GPU. The device has a 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and microSD with a capacity of 128GB. Along with a 2MP Front camera, the device sits on 3450mAh battery, which can keep the phone running for 30 hours. BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition comes with 10.3.2 pre-installed.
T-Mobile slashes price for BlackBerry Classic
T-Mobile, which started selling the BlackBerry Classic in May, has now slashed the price of the handset significantly. BlackBerry fans, who were waiting to buy Classic on T-Mobile, can now buy the device for $369.99, down from $439.92 earlier. In addition, the phone can also be purchased in 24 monthly payments of $15.42, according to Phone Arena. It is interesting to note that BlackBerry’s own official store is selling the gadget for $379.