BlackBerry has decided to call it quits to the usual elongated design and embarked upon a unique square design for its latest smartphone Passport that was released on Monday with a very high price tag of Rs.49,990 with a tagline “Don’t limit yourself to the narrow world of today’s phones. See the bigger picture.”
Next to the tagline, the picture of BlackBerry Passport in its unique square design shows large, square touch screen with a touch-enabled keyboard and the main attraction of the phone that its battery lasts for one full day or 24 hours, that may catch the attention of millions who face low battery problem in all the established Samsung Galaxy range or Apple iPhone smartphones.
However, a star next to it takes you down the page where the disclaimer says: “Many factors affect battery life including but not limited to network, transmission environment, battery age, usage, location software and feature configuration”. Only hands on reviews will reveal whether the battery life claim is feasible or not. Amazon India will sell the new BlackBerry Passport on its e-commerce website from today, Sept.29 onwards.
The Passport has a 4.5-inch touchscreen in a ratio of 1:1 with a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels and user interface is enabled with a touch keyboard that combines a physical keypad with virtual keypad functions. Other hardware specs include quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD card slot (extendable up to 128 GB) with 3G, dual band WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC features.
BlackBerry claims that the Passport’s 3,450mAh battery will last up to 30 hours after full re-charge, far above than any smartphone has ever claimed.
The Passport sports a 13MP primary camera with optical image stabilization that can record full HD video with a front camera of 2MP, which takes video recording in 720p HD resolution. It has 4 microphones, MHL port for TV-out, FM Radio, accelerometer, gyro, compass and proximity sensor.
It runs on the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3 with features like a voice assistant, updated BlackBerry Hub, camera UI, security, icons and a built-in wallet app. Its new app BlackBerry Blend helps user display the BlackBerry phone contents on a computer (Windows or Mac) or tablet (iOS or Android). The Passport comes preloaded with Amazon App store to download Android apps.